Movement Disorders and Epilepsy
The UPMC Movement Disorders and Epilepsy Program provides individualized, compassionate, and comprehensive care for patients with epilepsy and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and essential tremor.
Through a comprehensive evaluation that includes a thorough clinical assessment, laboratory testing, cognitive evaluation, and brain imaging, the experts at UPMC are able to provide an accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment options that can help patients return to leading a normal life.
Treating Movement Disorders
UPMC is a leader in treating movement disorders with deep brain stimulation (DBS), and now offers both standard and MRI-guided DBS, depending on the patient’s condition. Deep brain stimulation delivers electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain that control movement, blocking the nerve signals that cause abnormal movement.
- Standard “awake” deep brain stimulation – allows the surgical team to communicate with the patient and assess his or her brain functions during the procedure.
- MRI-guided “asleep” deep brain stimulation – uses the ClearPoint® Neuro Intervention System to give neurosurgeons the ability to view real-time images of the brain throughout the procedure. This allows the patient to be fully sedated during surgery.
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Treating Adult Epilepsy
Neurosurgeons at UPMC are able to help adult patients with epilepsy lead a normal life and control their seizures through the use of medications, surgery, or implantation of stimulation devices. A full complement of advanced diagnostic tests are performed to help patients receive a accurate diagnosis and to determine whether surgical intervention is appropriate.
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