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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been shown to reduce tremor in the upper extremity that is associated with essential tremor.1 If medications are not working adequately and the tremor constitutes a significant functional disability, DBS may be an option for essential tremor patients.
Physicians should be aware that the risks associated with initial surgery may increase with clinical conditions such as:
To help ensure maximum benefits from the neurostimulation system, long-term, post-surgical management of patients is recommended.
Download our clinical summary to see the clinical data about essential tremor and DBS.
Deep brain stimulation should be considered when a patient with essential tremor has disabling symptoms and medications are ineffective or have intolerable side effects.
Medtronic DBS systems are MR Conditional and safe in the MR environment as long as certain conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, a significant risk is tissue lesions from component heating, especially at the lead electrodes, resulting in serious and permanent injury including coma, paralysis, or death. Refer to the MRI Guidelines for Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation Systems or contact Medtronic at (1-800)-707-0933 for a complete list of conditions. Also review current MRI manufacturer labeling before conducting the MRI.
Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor Clinical Summary, 2015.