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The effect of deep brain stimulation on quality of life in movement disorders.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a viable treatment alternative for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), essential tremor (ET), dystonia, and cerebellar outflow tremors. When poorly controlled, these disorders have detrimental effects on the patient's health related quality of life (HRQoL). Instruments that measure HRQoL are useful tools to assess burden of disease and the impact of therapeutic interventions on activities of daily living, employment, and other functions. We systematically and critically reviewed the literature on the effects of DBS on HRQoL in PD, ET, dystonia, and cerebellar outflow tremor related to multiple sclerosis.[1]

References

  1. The effect of deep brain stimulation on quality of life in movement disorders. Diamond, A., Jankovic, J. J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. (2005) [Pubmed]
 
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