Jul 12, 2014, 3:56 PM
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Deep brain stimulation performed in Shiraz

Tehran, July 12, IRNA - For the first time in Iran, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been performed successfully at Namazi Hospital in Shiraz, southern Iran.

Dr. Ali Razmkon, the head of surgery team, said the procedure is used only for individuals whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medications.

DBS is a neurosurgical procedure involving the implantation of a medical device called a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses through implanted electrodes, to brain nucleus for the treatment of neurological symptoms in Parkinson's and movement disorders such as tremor, dystonia and chronic pain.

The device for implanting the electrodes costs the hospital €400,000.

Parkinson’s sufferers who had electrodes implanted in their brains improved substantially more than those who took only medicine, according to the biggest test yet of deep brain stimulation.