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Mayo Clin Proc. 2001 Jan;76(1):87-9.

Simultaneous thalamic deep brain stimulation and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla. 32224, USA.


Thalamic deep brain stimulation is becoming increasingly popular for the control of drug-refractory tremor. Implantable cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators are commonly used therapeutic modalities. Concerns exist about the potential interactions between these 2 devices in the same patient, but no experience has been reported previously. We describe a patient with essential tremor who had a deep brain stimulator implanted into the left ventral intermediate nucleus of thalamus, who subsequently needed an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Despite concerns about possible interactions between the 2 types of implanted electrical devices (i.e., a situation similar to drug-drug interactions), the deep brain stimulator and the implanted pacemaker-defibrillator functioned appropriately, and no interaction occurred in our patient.

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