Simultaneous thalamic deep brain stimulation and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

Alois A. Obwegeser, Ryan J. Uitti, Margaret F. Turk

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Thalamic deep brain stimulation is becoming increasingly popular for the control of drug-refractory tremor. Implantable cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators are commonly used therapeutic modalities. Concerns exist about the potential interactions between these 2 devices in the same pattern, but no experience has been reported previously. We describe a patient with essential tremor who had a deep brain stimulator implanted into the left ventral intermediate nucleus of thalamus, who subsequently needed an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Despite concerns about possible interactions between the 2 types of implanted electrical devices (ie, a situation similar to drug-drug interactions), the deep brain stimulator and the implanted pacemaker-defibrillator functioned appropriately, and no interaction occurred in our patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-89
Number of pages3
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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