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What are your thoughts on the recent approval for focused ultrasound to treat Parkinson's? What would be the issues to consider when deciding between the two approaches to treat Parkinson's tremor and stiffness?

https://www.roanoke.com/business/news/roanoke-native-gains-fda-approval-to-treat-parkinson-s-tremors/article_c5115d88-5f16-5d6c-b15f-67bca7363275.html

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The thalamus is not the optimal target for Parkinson disease at it mainly addresses tremor.  The approval is for unilateral one sided thalamus brain lesioning by ultrasound. STN or GPi DBS will address tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia and on/off fluctuations (as well as dyskinesia)-- this would be the preferred approach in most cases. The approval is for thalamus and also can only be used on one side of the brain.

In the rare occurence tremor is the issue and DBS is contraindicated (blood thinners, age, cognition) we may consider this approach which does not require an incision but does make a lesion in the brain.

Hope that helps.

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Thank you for your detailed response. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

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