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How does deep brain stimulation (DBS) for epilepsy work?

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Your brain has billions of nerve cells called neurons. Electrical impulses carry messages from neuron to neuron. When you have epilepsy, abnormal bursts of electrical activity in these brain cells set off seizures.

When you get DBS, the tiny electrodes that your doctor puts into your brain deliver an electric current. This interrupts the abnormal electrical signals and helps prevent seizures. It's kind of like having a pacemaker for your brain.

From: Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

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Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : "Clinical efficacy of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsia : "Electrical stimulation of the anterior nucleus of thalamus for treatment of refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What is a Seizure?"

Epilepsy Society: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep brain stimulation: Overview," "Deep brain stimulation: Risks," "Epilepsy: Treatment."

Neurosurgical Focus: "Deep brain stimulation targets for treatment of epilepsy."

NHS: "Epilepsy and deep brain stimulation."

University of Pittsburgh: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Seizures in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Young Epilepsy: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

SOURCES:

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : "Clinical efficacy of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsia : "Electrical stimulation of the anterior nucleus of thalamus for treatment of refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What is a Seizure?"

Epilepsy Society: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep brain stimulation: Overview," "Deep brain stimulation: Risks," "Epilepsy: Treatment."

Neurosurgical Focus: "Deep brain stimulation targets for treatment of epilepsy."

NHS: "Epilepsy and deep brain stimulation."

University of Pittsburgh: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Seizures in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Young Epilepsy: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

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