Deep brain stimulation effective in Tourette’s

Patients with severe and medically intractable Tourette’s syndrome are likely to have significantly reduced symptoms following deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, say Sydney researchers.

Published in the journal Plos One, their study of 17 patients who underwent DBS of the antero-medial globus pallidus interna (GPi) showed a 48% and 41% reduction of motor and phonic tics one month after surgery.

Twelve of the 17 patients saw their Yale Global Tic Severity Scale score drop by over 50%, and this