Orthostatic tremor responds to bilateral thalamic deep brain stimulation

Mark K. Lyons, Mandana Behbahani, Orland K. Boucher, John N. Caviness, Virgilio Gerald H. Evidente

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Background: Orthostatic tremor (OT) is a disabling movement disorder manifested by postural and gait disturbance. Primarily a condition of elderly people, it can be progressive in up to 15% of patients. The primary treatments are medications that are often ineffective. Case Report: A 75-year-old male presented with a 10-year history of progressive and disabling OT. He had tried various medications without significant benefits. He underwent bilateral thalamic Vim deep brain stimulation (DBS). At 30-month follow-up, he has had continued significant improvement of his OT. Discussion: Bilateral thalamic DBS may be a viable option for medically refractory OT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2:tre-02-30-85-9
JournalTremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
StatePublished - 2012


  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Orthostatic tremor
  • Thalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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