Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Symposium 2

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) therapy for Parkinson Disease

Yuichiro Shirota, M.D., Ph. D.1)

1)Department of Neurology, The University of Tokyo

In repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), repetitive cortical stimulation induces after-effects, and rTMS has been applied as a treatment for various neurological or psychiatric disorders. Animal studies demonstrated that cortical stimulation could improve Parkinsonism, and a meta-analysis of clinical studies showed efficacy of high frequency rTMS. We conducted two clinical trials of supplementary motor area rTMS therapy for Parkinson's disease, and reported long-lasting efficacy. Other studies targeted specified aspects of Parkinson's disease, or utilized newly developed stimulation protocols. rTMS therapy for PD is a promising area, and can be an important treatment option in the near future.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 53: 1050|1052, 2013)
key words: repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, Parkinson's disease, supplementary motor area

(Received: 30-May-13)