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VCU Medical Center Surgeons Use Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Movement Disorder Caused by Rare Pediatric Condition
Date:10/15/2009

A deep brain stimulator that Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center doctors implanted this summer in the brain of a 7-year old girl who has been wracked with disabling body spasms since infancy is giving her parents and physicians reason to be hopeful the therapy might work.

Richmond, VA (Vocus) October 15, 2009 -- A deep brain stimulator that Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center doctors implanted this summer in the brain of a 7-year old girl who has been wracked with disabling body spasms since infancy is giving her parents and physicians reason to be hopeful the therapy might work.

During a recent follow-up visit with neurosurgeon, Kathryn Holloway, M.D., Lexi Haas showed small signs the stimulator is functioning as intended by disrupting the abnormal signals causing her erratic body movements and stiffened muscles – a condition called dystonia which is a movement disorder like torticollis, essential tremor, and Parkinson’s disease.

Lexi, who lives with her family in North Carolina, is unable to walk and speak but communicates with her parents and siblings through eye and tongue movements.

Since the stimulator was activated, Lexi’s muscles have relaxed and she has been able to perform simple movements like touching her head and face – even holding objects – something she wasn’t able to do before.

Holloway along with a team of doctors implanted the stimulator in July and activated it five weeks later.

The procedure is believed to be the first documented use of deep brain stimulation in a patient definitively di
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