Radiosurgery for Behavioral Disorders.

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Summary of "Radiosurgery for Behavioral Disorders."

Psychiatric illnesses create great suffering for patients and the medical solution is sometimes limited. The experience observed after treating patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, and anorexia nervosa by Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is presented. Ten patients with medically refractory OCD, 3 patients with depression resistant to medical treatment and electroconvulsive therapy, and 5 patients with refractory anorexia nervosa have been treated. Bilateral anterior capsulotomy has been performed to treat OCD and bilateral cingulotomy has been applied to treat severe depression and anorexia nervosa. The accumulated experience about treatment of OCD by GKRS is reviewed. In our experience, 70% of OCD patients achieved a full response. We observed a significant improvement in patients with depression and anorexia nervosa evidenced by the scales of assessment (mean reduction of 40% in the Beck Depression Inventory at 1-year follow-up and 40% average increase of body mass index at 6-month follow-up). No side effects have been observed. These procedures are effective in reducing obsession, compulsion, depression, and anxiety, improving the quality of life of the patients without side effects.


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Name: Progress in neurological surgery
ISSN: 1662-3924
Pages: 289-297


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