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Orthostatic Tremor Responds to Bilateral Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation

Lyons, Mark K.; Behbahani, Mandana; Boucher, Orland K.; Caviness, John N.; Evidente, Virgilio G.

Background: Orthostatic tremor (OT) is a disabling movement disorder manifested by postural and gait disturbance. Primarily a condition of elderly people, it can be progressive in up to 15% of patients. The primary treatments are medications that are often ineffective. Case Report: A 75-year-old male presented with a 10-year history of progressive and disabling OT. He had tried various medications without significant benefits. He underwent bilateral thalamic Vim deep brain stimulation (DBS). At 30-month follow-up, he has had continued significant improvement of his OT. Discussion: Bilateral thalamic DBS may be a viable option for medically refractory OT.

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Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
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https://doi.org/10.5334/tohm.98

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Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders
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July 5, 2012