Thalamotomy and mesencephalotomy for the treatment of tremor and chronic pain

J. J. Cheng, J. H. Chien, K. Kobayashi, J. H. Kim, L. Colloca, W. S. Anderson, F. A. Lenz

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In the past surgical lesioning of the thalamus and midbrain were more commonly used for the treatment of movement disorders and chronic pain, although these treatments have now been largely supplanted by deep brain stimulation. Both essential tremor and Parkinsonian tremor are responsive to thalamotomy, or stereotactic ablation of the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus (Vim). Chronic pain may also be treated by lesioning of the medial thalamus and mesencephalon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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