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Me and deep brain stimulation

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I was wondering whether or not I would be a candidate for DBS. I am a unique case: I suffered a brain injury from CO poisoning when I was 18. The globus pallidus was lesioned bilaterally, both internally and externally. I think that stimulating the sub-thalamic nucleus might help me with my profound disability, due to the fact that the STN is post synaptic of the GP. What do you think?

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These cases are tricky and it depends on a case by case basis.  A lot comes down to the symptoms and whether you respond to levodopa and choosing the target.  Some of these cases do improve.

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My wife was told by her Neurologist that a deep brain stimulation surgery has never been done on someone with a leision. Because of the danger of bleeding. 10 years ago he told her she was a good candidate for the procedure. ???

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Can you define lesion?  Is this a brain lesion like a tumor, or a previous ablative brain lesion (pallidotomy. etc.)?

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