Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a nonsurgical treatment used to treat patients with a number of neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Tourette syndrome, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). In this study the researchers from the University of Florida sought to establish the long-term safety and effectiveness of DBS for adults with OCD.
Six of the patients who enrolled in the National Institute of Mental Health pilot study of DBS for OCD participated in this long term follow up study which lasted nine years. Data was collected to assess OCD symptoms over this period of time and the results indicated that DBS was safe and beneficial in the long-term for the reduction of OCD symptoms.
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