Type of Surgery
Last updated: 02/17/2009
Jahanshahi, M., and C. D. Marsden. Parkinson's Disease: ASelf-Help Guide. New York: Demos Medical Press, 2000.
Pallidotomy is a procedure where a tiny electrical probe is placed in the globus pallidus (one of the basal ganglia of the brain), which is then heated to 80 degrees celsius for 60 s, to destroy a small area of brain cells. Pallidotomy is used to treat dyskinesias in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Surgery for removal is generally advised for patients with limited cancer elsewhere in the body and a single brain metastasis.
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