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Guidelines agreed for Parkinson's disease treatment

Guidelines agreed for Parkinson's disease treatment
29th October 2010

A panel of experts has reached an agreement on guidelines on a surgical Parkinson's disease treatment.

Published in the latest edition of the Archives of Neurology journal, the guidance will help doctors to choose the right Parkinson's disease patients to undergo deep brain stimulation.

While the procedure can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of the disease, such as slowness of movement, stiffness and tremors, it is not a cure and is not suitable for every candidate.

Parkinson's UK director of research and development Kieran Breen said that once the right patients are identified, using DBS is certainly more effective than treating with medication alone.

"These new guidelines will help us get the maximum benefit from deep brain stimulation – by helping doctors choose the right people for treatment, and giving guidance on best practice," he added.

Recent research from the University of Sheffield suggests that Parkinson's disease is caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls habits.

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