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Stereotactic Radiosurgery As Effective in Eliminating Parkinson's Disease Tremors As Other Treatments, But Less Invasive
Date:11/2/2009

my, for hard-to-treat tremors caused by Parkinson's disease and essential tremors. A thalamotomy is a procedure that destroys tissue at a particular spot--the Ventralis Inter-Medius nucleus--on the thalamus of the brain which influences movement.

With a median follow-up of seven years, 84 percent of patients had significant or complete resolution of tremors. In patients with Parkinson's disease, 83 percent had near or complete tremor resolution, while those with essential tremor had 87 percent of this degree of tremor resolution.

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The abstract, "Gamma Knife Radiosurgery (GKRS) in the Management of Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor: Long-term Follow-Up Report of 183 Cases," was presented at a poster session at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. To speak to an author of the study, Rufus Mark, M.D., please call Beth Bukata or Nicole Napoli November 1-4, 2009, in the ASTRO Press Room at McCormick Place West at 312-791-7005 or 312-791-7006. You may also e-mail them at bethb@astro.org or nicolen@astro.org.

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