When are lesion surgeries indicated in the treatment of Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Lesion surgeries involve the destruction of targeted areas of the brain to control the symptoms of Parkinson disease. Lesion surgeries for Parkinson disease have largely been replaced by deep brain stimulation (DBS). During neuroablation, a specific deep brain target is destroyed by thermocoagulation. A radiofrequency generator is used most commonly to heat the lesioning electrode tip to the prescribed temperature in a controlled fashion.


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