R. von Coelln, K. Kobayashi, J. H. Kim, W. S. Anderson, J. Winberry, F. A. Lenz

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Thalamotomy is the stereotactic ablation of the ventral intermediate nucleus (Vim) of the thalamus for the treatment of tremor. Electrophysiological recording (typically microelectrode recording) is used for the refinement of localization. Essential tremor and parkinsonian tremor are particularly responsive to this procedure. Thalamotomy has largely been replaced by Vim-deep brain stimulation, which has been shown to be associated with lower risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Movement Disorders
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123741059
ISBN (Print)9780123741011
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Ablation
  • Gamma knife
  • Microelectrode recording
  • Radiofrequency coagulation
  • Radiosurgical ablation
  • Stereotactic surgical technique
  • Thalamotomy
  • Tremor
  • Vc
  • Vim
  • Vo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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