American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery position statement on magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound for the management of essential tremor

Nader Pouratian, Gordon Baltuch, W. Jeff Elias, Robert Gross

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Abstract

Magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy is a novel tool in the neurosurgical armamentarium for management of essential tremor (ET). Given the recent introduction of this technology, the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN), which acts as the joint section representing the field of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery on behalf of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, provides here the expert consensus opinion on evidence-based best practices for the use and implementation of this treatment modality. Indications for treatment are outlined, including confirmed diagnosis of ET, failure to respond to first-line therapies, disabling appendicular tremor, and unilateral treatment are detailed, based on current evidence. Contraindications to therapy are also detailed. Finally, the evidence and authority on which the ASSFN bases this consensus position statement is detailed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E126-E129
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume87
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Essential tremor
  • Focused ultrasound
  • Thalamotomy
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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