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BACKGROUND Deep-brain stimulation through an electrode implanted in the thalamus was developed as an alternative to thalamotomy for the treatment of drug-resistant tremor. Stimulation is thought to be as effective as thalamotomy but to have fewer complications. We examined the effects of these two procedures on the functional abilities of patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether unilateral pallidotomy affects cognitive and behavioral functioning. METHODS At baseline and after 6 months we assessed neuropsychological functioning in 35 patients with advanced PD. After baseline examination, patients were randomized to pallidotomy within 1 month (6 left-sided, 13 right-sided) or to pallidotomy after(More)
In a literature survey, 341 patients with primary and 109 with secondary dystonias treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the internal segment of the globus pallidus (GPi) were identified. In general, the outcomes for primary dystonias were more favourable compared to the secondary forms. For some secondary dystonias--like tardive dystonia,(More)
BACKGROUND The results of several cohort studies suggest that patients with advanced Parkinson's disease would benefit from unilateral pallidotomy. We have assessed the efficacy of unilateral pallidotomy in a randomised, single-blind, multicentre trial. METHODS We enrolled 37 patients with advanced Parkinson's disease who had, despite optimum(More)
OBJECTIVES In a randomised trial to study the efficacy of unilateral pallidotomy in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease, patients having pallidotomy within 1 month after randomisation were compared with patients having pallidotomy 6 months after the primary outcome assessment. Of the 37 patients enrolled 32 had a unilateral pallidotomy. The follow up(More)
OBJECTIVE Joint protection (JP) is an important part of the treatment concept for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The Joint Protection Behavior Assessment short form (JPBA-S) assesses the use of hand JP methods by patients with RA while preparing a hot drink. The purpose of this study was to develop a German version of the JPBA-S (D-JPBA-S) and to(More)
OBJECT The purpose of this prospective study was to compare stereotactic coordinates obtained with ventriculography with coordinates derived from stereotactic computer-reconstructed three-dimensional magnetic resonance (3D-MR) imaging in functional stereotactic procedures. METHODS In 15 consecutive patients undergoing functional stereotactic procedures,(More)
Since 1992 there has been renewed interest in pallidotomy now that the limitations and adverse effects of long-term dopaminergic therapy have become more apparent and more difficult to control in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease. The authors describe the effect of pallidotomy in 19 patients, sixteen of whom had advanced Parkinson's disease with(More)
In this report, we describe the effect of staged bilateral posteroventral pallidotomy in three patients with advanced Parkinson's disease who were all of the young-onset type. Two patients had developed response fluctuations after the use of levodopa, with severe hypokinesia, painful dystonia, and rigidity in the "off" phase and violent dyskinesias in the(More)
The results of thalamotomy for the various kinds of tremor are described. The nomenclature of the ventrolateral thalamic nuclei is discussed. Long-term thalamic stimulation seems a promising addition to or alternative for the thalamotomy, but this has still to be proven by a prospective trial that includes a cost-effectiveness analysis.