How successful is deep brain stimulation in treating dystonia?

Deep brain stimulation has shown some success in treating dystonia in some people. Deep brain stimulation is a valid option for people with dystonia who do not respond to Botox (botulinum toxin) injections or other medications used for dystonia.
One of the challenges of treating dystonia with deep brain stimulation (DBS) is that it is difficult to predict the success of the treatment. In other words, it’s hard to know which patients will benefit and how much benefit DBS will provide. More than 10 years of research data shows that, in general, DBS provides a 50-60% improvement in symptoms. Some patients have a 90% reduction in symptoms. However, even an improvement rating of 30% can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to function.

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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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