It is notable that the presence of thalamic stimulators significantly changes ECG patterns, and prevents the use of MRI. It is sometimes regarded as a better alternative to pallidotomy or thalamotomy because it is non-permanent. For optimal installation, the patient is awake during the procedure, and talks to the surgeon to find the best placement. Once in place, the device can be activated and deactivated, for improved effectiveness during the day.
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Thalamic haemorrhage vs internal capsule-basal ganglia haemorrhage: clinical profile and predictors of in-hospital mortality.(Research article)
Oct 05, 2007; Authors: Adrià Arboix (corresponding author) ; Raquel Rodríguez-Aguilar ; Montserrat Oliveres ; Emili Comes ; Luis...