Deep brain stimulation in Ireland for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor

The Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles St, Dublin 7.
Irish medical journal (Impact Factor: 0.51). 09/2012; 105(8):278-80.
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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is highly effective neurosurgery for idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD), essential tremor (ET) and primary dystonia. DBS involves stereotactic surgical implantation of a battery-operated stimulator into deep brain nuclei. Irish patients are referred abroad for DBS and have to travel repeatedly for pre and post-operative care resulting in stress, anxiety and hardship. Safe pre and post-operative care of these complex, ageing patients is compromised by the absence of a DBS service in Ireland. Moreover, both DBS surgery and the subsequent post-operative care abroad incurs substantial cost to the state. The Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (DNI) is a non-profit institute for the care of patients with neurological diseases. The DNI developed, in collaboration with the Mater Private Hospital (MPH) and the Walton Centre, Liverpool, a DBS programme in 2008/2009. We performed DBS at the Mater Campus on three carefully selected patients from a cohort of movement disorder patients attending the DNI and continue to provide pre-operative assessment and post operative care for patients following DBS in Ireland and abroad.

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