Ultrasound of therapeutic utility in essential tremor?

Essential tremor (ET) may be a debilitating neurological condition, interfering with activities of daily living.  Therapy for ET may be ineffective and remains relatively limited.  In an upcoming issue of JNNP (online first) an innovative methods for treating ET was reported, namely magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS).  This “surgical technique” aims to induce lesion in the thalamus (thalmotomy) as a means of treating ET.  Although surgical thalmotomy and DBA of thalamus are well established, these techniques are invasive.  Importantly MRgFUS appear safe, is  less-invasive and appears to be effective, although more works is needed on patient selection.

 

 

Raad more at:  http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2014/05/29/jnnp-2014-307642.abstract

 

Unilateral magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for essential tremor: practices and clinicoradiological outcomes

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