The sweet spot? UF doctors test targets for Parkinson surgery

Published: May 2nd, 2009

By: Charles Jacobson

Category: research

Excerpt from UF Health Science Center News article:

Doctors may be able to tailor a specialized form of brain surgery to more closely match

the needs of Parkinson patients, according to results from the first large-scale effort to compare the two current target areas of deep brain stimulation surgery, or DBS.

 

Called the COMPARE Trial, the National Institutes of Health-funded study conducted at the University of Florida evaluated 45 patients for mood and cognitive changes related to DBS. UF investigators found that DBS in either brain target effectively treated motor symptoms such as tremors, stiffness and slowness. However, DBS also produced unique effects depending on the target location, especially in patients’ moods and mental sharpness.

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Charles Jacobson

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