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What conditions can be treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS)?

Nader Pouratian, MD
Neurosurgery
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat symptoms of:
  • essential tremor
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • dystonia (marked by involuntary muscle contractions)
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
It is also being studied for its potential to help in a number of other conditions.

Medications remain the first treatment option for movement disorders. They can work for many people. If your symptoms do not improve with medication or you have intolerable side effects, your doctor can determine whether DBS is an option for you.

This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.
Fahd R. Khan, MD
Neurosurgery
Parkinson's disease, tremors and dystonia are all commonly treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS). In this video, neurosurgeon Fahd Khan, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital describe other conditions that may someday be treated with DBS.

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