You are here:

Thalamotomy

Thalamotomy is a surgical procedure to treat tremor.  It involves destroying part of the thalamus, an area of the brain that when damaged by MS can cause tremor.  The surgery will usually only be considered if you have a very severe tremor that has not responded to other treatment.

A review of published research found that the surgery reduced tremor in almost all of those treated (94%) in the short-term. However, only around half (48%) showed improved function in the affected limb. One   year after surgery, two thirds (64%) of those treated still showed reduced tremor.

The operation is associated with the risk of new symptoms, particularly speech, swallowing and balance disorders.

Deep brain stimulation is usually preferred as a treatment option, as it is potentially reversible.

More references

  • Yap L, et al. Stereotactic neurosurgery for disabling tremor in multiple sclerosis: thalamotomy or deep brain stimulation? British Journal of Neurosurgery 2007;21(4):349-354. Summary

Last updated: August 2018
Last reviewed: August 2018
This page will be reviewed within three years

More references

  • Yap L, et al. Stereotactic neurosurgery for disabling tremor in multiple sclerosis: thalamotomy or deep brain stimulation? British Journal of Neurosurgery 2007;21(4):349-354. Summary

Print this page

Rate this page:

Fieldset
*Any personal information will not be followed up or be given to third parties.
*Any personal information will not be followed up or be given to third parties.
*Any personal information will not be followed up or be given to third parties.
*Any personal information will not be followed up or be given to third parties.
*Any personal information will not be followed up or be given to third parties.

Please fill in the fields below if you would like to stay in touch with the MS Trust to help with further testing and feedback on the MS Trust website

Do you have a question about MS? Contact our enquiry team