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ORLive Program Offers Solution to Essential Tremors(February 17, 2012)
FARMINGTON, CT -- (Marketwire) -- 02/17/12 -- An estimated 10 million Americans suffer with essential tremor (ET), also known as familial tremor, a progressive neurological condition that causes trembling in different parts of the body, usually the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. Often this condition is confused with Parkinson's disease, but they are not the same. The most differentiating symptom is ET patients experience the tremors while performing an action, while those with Parkinson's disease only experience the tremors while they are at rest.
For those patients who have a severe, disabling tremor that prevents them from performing daily tasks and don't respond to medication, a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be an option. DBS involves placing one or two electrodes into the brain and connecting them to a pacemaker-like device that is implanted into the chest. The electrical current that flows to the brain significantly reduces the ET symptoms and improves the patient's quality of life.
Online viewers can join Dr. Robert R. Goodman, Chair of Neurosurgery for St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals and Beth Israel Medical Center implant the electrodes into the brain of an ET patient. The surgery was performed at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Dr. Goodman followed up with the patient six weeks later and we share the life-changing results.
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