To date, a handful of patients with dystonia have undergone the procedure, a few with the type of dystonia I exhibited--cervical or neck dystonia that had progressed to a hemidystonia
A deep brain stimulator approved as an aid in managing chronic, drug-refractory primary dystonia, including generalized and/or segmental dystonia, hemidystonia
, and cervical dystonia (torticollis), in people aged 7 and older.
by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for unilateral or bilateral stimulation of the GPi or subthalamic nucleus (STN) to aid in the management of chronic, intractable (drug refractory) primary dystonia, including generalized and/or segmental dystonia, hemidystonia
, and cervical dystonia (torticollis) in patients seven years of age and older.
Patient distribution was as follows: Seven patients had chorea due to HD, 1 had tardive dystonia, 1 had oromandibular dystonia (OMD), 1 had post-ischemic hemidystonia
, 1 had hemiballismus, and 1 patient had post-traumatic rubral tremor.