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Wrocław/ Neurosurgeons implanted a stimulator, which relieves the symptoms of mental disorder

Neurosurgeons from Wrocław implanted a stimulator, which alleviates the symptoms of mental disorder, into a patient\'s brain. In this case, it was an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Three months after the procedure, psychiatrists evaluate that pathological changes in the patient have decreased by half.

Head of Department of Neurosurgery of the University Clinical Hospital in Wrocław, Dr. Paweł Tabakow told reporters Tuesday that brain surgery alone is not difficult to perform.

"It is more difficult to prepare the plan and map of the procedure, which allows us to place the stimulator electrode in the correct spot" - he added. He explained that the electrode stimulating certain part of the brain is connected to the stimulator, which is placed subcutaneously under the clavicle, like a pacemaker.

He added that the cost of surgery is tens of thousands of zlotys, and the battery will have to be replaced in a few years. Targeted neuromodulation therapy associated with mental disorder is the first such treatment in Lower Silesia. More than 20 similar procedures have been were performed, but they concerned Parkinson\'s disease.

Head of the Department and Clinic of Psychiatry of the Medical University in Wrocław Prof. Joanna Rymaszewska informed that after the first successful therapy the project would be continued.

"We are looking for patients with OCD who have been treated for at least five years with a moderate result. This proves that they can not be helped pharmacologically. They can report to our clinic or to any psychiatrist in Lower Silesia, who will assess whether the patient can participate in such therapy" - added Rymaszewska.

Neurosurgeons from the University Clinical Hospital made the world\'s first transplant of glial cells from the nose to a broken spinal cord in 2012. The patient after trauma could not walk, now he cycles and walks. (PAP)

author: Roman Skiba

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