Tourette Syndrome and Brain Stimulation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/17/05

Tourette Syndrome and Brain Stimulation

It is estimated more than a million people have some form of Tourette Syndrome where they live with relentless, uncontrolled twitches or jibberish. Medications or botox injections can help. Now, Shawn Huhn is the second person in the United States to try new treatment for Tourette Syndrome, a deep brain stimulator. Electrodes stimulate Shawn's brain by communicating with a device implanted under the skin. You can see how well it works, by what happens when it's turned off. Turn it on and the tics disappear.

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"It was so dramatic in the operating room that I was impressed. I'm not very easy to impress," says Donald Richardson M.D. Tulane University.

Shawn says he's waited 31 years for this kind of relief. The device is already FDA approved for the treatment of Dystonia and Parkinson's disease. However, the only two facilities experimenting with this in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome are Tulane University and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

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