cryothalamotomy

cryothalamotomy

 [kri″o-thal″ah-mot´ah-me]
destruction of a portion of the thalamus by application of extreme cold.

cryothalamotomy

(krī″ō-thăl″ă-mŏt′ō-mē) [″ + L. thalamus, inner chamber, + Gr. tome, incision]
The destruction of a portion of the brain with a hypothermic probe. This procedure is used, rarely, to treat parkinsonism and other movement disorders.
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One of the procedures used, called cryothalamotomy, requires the surgical insertion of a supercooled metal tip of a probe into the thalamus (a "relay station" deep in the brain) to destroy the brain area that produces tremors.