At what point do doctors typically consider DBS for treating dystonia?


Doctors typically consider deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treating dystonia when the person has severe, debilitating dystonia and has failed all medication treatment and Botox treatment, or has unacceptable side effects from medication therapy.

DBS is not appropriate for all individuals with dystonia, and not all patients who undergo the procedure will experience the same results. Your doctor might consider deep brain stimulation if medications and other treatments have failed, and if your symptoms affect your quality of life to the extent that the surgical risks are justified. It may be appropriate to discuss deep brain stimulation with your doctor early in the course of treatment, before secondary effects of dystonia occur and limit the degree to which your movement symptoms improve.

Continue Learning about Dystonia


When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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