Deep brain optimism

A list of things that deep brain stimulation has been used to treat. DBS involves surgically implanting an electrode into the brain which is stimulated with a ‘pacemaker’ like device.

I’ve just been looking over the DBS literature and I was quite surprised to see that it has been used to try and treat just about anything you can think of.

Maybe someone should try it for over-optimistic repetitive surgery syndrome? Anyway, here’s the one’s I’ve found, if you know of any others, do send them in or add them to the comments.

Obesity

Writer’s cramp

Tremor

Depression

Parkinson’s disease

Epilepsy

Huntingdon’s disease

Addiction

Self-mutilation

Cluster headache

Tourette’s syndrome.

OCD

Early onset pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration

Dystonia

Meige syndrome

Facial pain

2 Comments

  1. The Neurocritic
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Although it hasn’t been published yet, initial results from a clinical trial of DBS for anorexia nervosa were presented at the International Neuromodulation Society meeting:

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/95868.php

    Dr. Shock is always a great source of news:

    http://www.shockmd.com/index.php?s=DBS&submit=Search

    And for a futuristic view, here’s Christopher Harris:

    http://knol.google.com/k/christopher-harris/deep-brain-stimulation/3t1ux01d2xqyk/8#

  2. CrazyRatLady
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Re: DBS and anorexia nervosa
    This is also being studied in the US. I haven’t seen it published yet.


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