Special Issue "Treatment of Neurological Movement Disorders"


A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Gian Pal
Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
E-Mail: Gian_D_Pal@rush.edu
Interests: parkinson’s disease; dystonia; atypical Parkinsonism; gait disorders; deep brain stimulation; genetics; surgical treatments

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the field of movement disorders continues to expand, the number of available treatment options also continues to grow. These include both pharmacologic and surgical interventions, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS). DBS has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in advanced Parkinson’s disease, tremor, and dystonia. Studies have clearly established its efficacy for these approved indications which has led to the exploration of DBS for treatment of other movement disorders, including Atypical Parkinsonism and severe cases of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. DBS is also being evaluated for treatment of psychiatric disorders and even cognitive disorders, many of which overlap with movement disorders. The outcome of these potential new indications hinges on the combination of appropriate diagnosis, surgical target selection, and patient candidacy—factors which remain to be fully defined. In this issue, we will explore how DBS has been used throughout movement disorders for both approved and non-approved indications, and provide insight into potential future uses of this surgical treatment.

Proposed article titles:

  • DBS in treating advanced Parkinson’s disease with motor fluctuations and dyskinesia
  • DBS in treating Parkinson’s disease: focus on moderate disease and quality of life outcomes
  • DBS in treating drug-resistant features of Parkinson’s disease: where are we heading?
  • DBS for other parkinsonian syndromes (atypical Parkinsonism)
  • DBS in dystonia
  • DBS in tremor
  • DBS in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
  • Future directions: new technologies, new targets, new diseases

Dr. Gian Pal
Guest Editor


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  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dystonia
  • Tremor
  • Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
  • Atypical parkinsonism
  • Deep brain stimulation

Published Papers

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Last update: 13 March 2014

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