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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-48

Deep brain stimulation improves quality of life in pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration

1 Department of Pediatrics, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India
2 Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgeon, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India

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Anaita U Hegde
106, Doctor House, Opp Jaslok Hospital, Peddar Road, Mumbai - 400 026
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.111423

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Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN) is an uncommon extrapyramidal movement disorder characterized by the progressive incapacitating dystonia. Medical management is often incapable of reversing the dystonic symptoms. In recent years, stereotactic procedure like deep brain stimulation has been found effective in resolving the disabling dystonia and improving the quality of life. There are few cases in the world literature highlighting the usefulness of this technique. We report a case of 10-year-old girl who underwent bilateral Globus pallidus internus stimulation for PKAN.


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