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Sufferers from Parkinson's 'missing out on key treatment'

Sufferers from Parkinson's 'missing out on key treatment'
3rd December 2008

People who suffer from Parkinson's disease are missing out on a revolutionary operation which can dramatically reduce shaking, it has been stated.

London-based consultant neurosurgeon Keyoumars Ashkan said in an interview with the Evening Standard that many doctors are not telling their patients of a brain surgery technique which can reduce symptoms by up to 70 per cent.

The surgery utilises electrodes, which are planted into the patient's brain, before they are connected to a neurostimulator which then sends electrical pulses to modify signals brought about by Parkinson's disease.

Dr Ashkan continued: "We know it's safe and we know it works but if people don't know it is out there they won't be referred to us."

One person who went through with the treatment, 62-year-old Kay Richer, told the Evening Standard that she got her sense of smell back and fewer tremors.

Yesterday, it was announced that TV and film producer William Finnegan, the mastermind behind Hawaii Five-O and the Fabulous Baker Boys, had passed away after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

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