Cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation in patients with ataxia: A double-blind, randomized, sham-controlled study

Alberto Benussi, Giacomo Koch, Maria Cotelli, Alessandro Padovani, Barbara Borroni

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Abstract

Background and Objective: Numerous studies have highlighted the possibility of modulating the excitability of cerebellar circuits using transcranial direct current stimulation. The present study investigated whether a single session of cerebellar anodal transcranial direct current stimulation could improve symptoms in patients with ataxia. Methods: Nineteen patients with ataxia underwent a clinical and functional evaluation pre- and post-double-blind, randomized, sham, or anodal transcranial direct current stimulation. Results: There was a significant interaction between treatment and time on the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia, on the International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale, on the 9-Hole Peg Test, and on the 8-Meter Walking Time (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1701-1705
Number of pages5
JournalMovement Disorders
Volume30
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • Cerebellar ataxia
  • Cerebellar stimulation
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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