Parkinson’s disease cured by deep brain stimulation

Coimbatore: A city hospital here today claimed to have cured the parkinson`s disease of a 59-year old man, by successfully placing `Deep Brain Stimulation,` (DBS).

Sundaram, a native of Dindigul in Tamil Nadu, has been suffering from parkinson`s, which he was suffering for the last 15 years, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.

Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH), where was admitted for the treatment cured it through a 14-hour surgery, Hospital Chairman Dr Nalla G Palanisamy told reporters here today.

Parkinson`s disease is a chronic disabling neurological condition affecting normally people between 50-70 years, he said.

DBS is placing of an electrode in the Sub Thalamic Nucleas, which is adjacent to Thalamus, an important relay station of the brain. The electrode sends continuous electronic pulses through a battery which is atteched in the chest wall and can be externally controlled through a remote control, Arul Selvan said.

The surgery will cost around Rs seven lakh, with electrode imported from USA alone costing about Rs 5. 5 lakh.


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