Deep Brain Stimulation for Pediatric Treatment of Dystonia
Brian Aalbers, DO
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Neurological movement disorders can cause symptoms that negatively impact a child’s quality of life.
Dystonia is of special concern in children, because research shows early intervention is imperative.
Deep brain stimulation is available as a treatment option for dystonia and other movement disorders to children as young as seven years old.
It works by altering abnormal signals in the brain that interfere with meaningful movement.
Brian Aalbers, DO talks more about deep brain stimulation as a treatment option and the success that’s been seen in the nine patients who have received treatment at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.
Smith, Michael and Aalbers, Brian, "Deep Brain Stimulation for Pediatric Treatment of Dystonia" (2016). Transformational Pediatrics Podcast. 31.