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#1 malexander

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 06:59 PM

I am a tremor dominant PD patient.  My tremor has not been responsive to medication, and I am currently being worked up as a candidate for DBS.  What can you tell me about the relative advantages of the "new" Boston Scientific device compared to the one from Metronic?  Do they vary in terms of the surgical risks, the type of current, battery longevity, impact on tremor, etc.?   



#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:35 AM

We actually do not know as the trial is just underway.  There is a unique capacity to deliver DBS current independently from several contacts on the same lead; and there are 8 contacts instead of 4.  We do not know how this will translate in terms of better benefit.


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