from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Surgical excision of a portion of the thalamus, usually to relieve tremor, as in Parkinson's disease.

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  • noun surgery An invasive procedure, primarily effective for tremors such as those associated with Parkinson's disease, where a selected portion of the thalamus is surgically destroyed.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[thalam(us) + –tomy.]


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  • Other medications that might help include the seizure drugs topiramate and gabapentin, the anxiety drug alprazolam and other medications for high blood pressure. brain stimulation and a type of brain surgery called thalamotomy may help people who do not respond to medications.

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  • A thalamotomy is a procedure that destroys tissue at a particular spot -- the Ventralis Inter-Medius nucleus -- on the thalamus of the brain which influences movement.

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  • Surgical intervention such as thalamotomy and deep brain stimulation may ease certain tremors.

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  • Joseph Fourier. 243 p. Ohye C, Shibazaki T (2009) Treatment of functional disorders with gamma knife thalamotomy.

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  • Ten adult patients diagnosed with chronic neuropathic pain successfully underwent non-invasive deep brain ablation surgery (central lateral thalamotomy) with transcranial MRgFUS and showed improvement in pain scores and reduction of pain medication with no adverse effects at three months follow-up.

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