VIM deep brain stimulation does not improve pre-existing restless legs syndrome in patients with essential tremor

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Abstract

The neuroanatomic substrate for restless legs syndrome (RLS) is not known. We implanted deep brain stimulators into the ventralis intermedius nucleus (VIM) of the thalamus in nine subjects for essential tremor (ET) whom all concurrently had RLS. Although the VIM DBS improved tremor, none of the subjects felt there was any meaningful effect on their RLS symptoms. The VIM thalamus, which is involved in ET and Parkinson's disease, does not seem to be primarily involved in RLS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-114
Number of pages2
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

Keywords

  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Essential tremor
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Thalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology

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