, Volume 131, Issue 3-4, pp 247-252

Contemporaneous bilateral postero-ventral pallidotomy for early onset “juvenile type” Parkinson's disease. Case report

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Early onset “juvenile type” Parkinson's disease is commonly associated with disabling bilateral levodopa-induced dyskinesias. We report here a successful contemporaneous bilateral postero-ventral pallidotomy performed on a 46-year-old male with juvenile type Parkinson's and associated levodopa incited symmetric dyskinesias. A comparison of various surgical alternatives is included. Preoperative and postoperative evaluation, operative method and postero-ventral pallidotomy's therapeutic mechanism are presented.