Long term results of stereotactic thalamotomy for cerebral palsy

G. Broggi, L. Angelini, R. Bono, C. Giorgi, N. Nardocci, A. Franzini

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A group of 33 patients (between 10 and 30 years old and with average intelligence) underwent stereotactic surgery for abnormal movements due to cerebral palsy. Neurological, neurofunctional, and neuropsychological examinations were preformed pre- and postoperatively. The length of follow-up ranged between 1 and 4 years. The clinical results are reported and discussed in relation to the targets, the side of the lesion, and the clinical picture. Our data show that better results are obtained in patients with tremor and hyperkinesias; dystonia is improved to a lesser extent, whereas spasticity tends to recur. Operation is more effective for patients with unilateral signs than for patients with bilateral symptoms. The clinical results are stable in time, and the side effects fade away after a few months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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