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Deep Brain Stimulation at the RBWH

Surgeons at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital have been trialing the use of Deep Brain Stimulation to treat Parkinson’s patients with some encouraging success.

The technique involves placing fine metal wires in a patient’s brain which send out electrical pulses that help control trembling and shaking.

Since October, five patients have had the procedure and the hospital has been given the go ahead to treat 10 more.

Neurologist Dr Robert Adam tells Mark the hope is that if it continues to show good results it will permanently offered at the hospital.

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Karl Stefanovic
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