Deep brain stimulation in Ireland for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor Academic Article uri icon


  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is highly effective neurosurgery for idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD), essential tremor (ET) and primary dystonia. DBS involves stereotactic surgical implantation of a battery-operated stimulator into deep brain nuclei. Irish patients are referred abroad for DBS and have to travel repeatedly for pre and post-operative care resulting in stress, anxiety and hardship. Safe pre and post-operative care of these complex, ageing patients is compromised by the absence of a DBS service in Ireland. Moreover, both DBS surgery and the subsequent post-operative care abroad incurs substantial cost to the state. The Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (DNI) is a non-profit institute for the care of patients with neurological diseases. The DNI developed, in collaboration with the Mater Private Hospital (MPH) and the Walton Centre, Liverpool, a DBS programme in 2008/2009. We performed DBS at the Mater Campus on three carefully selected patients from a cohort of movement disorder patients attending the DNI and continue to provide pre-operative assessment and post operative care for patients following DBS in Ireland and abroad.


  • Mulroy, E
  • Quigley, G
  • Roberts, K
  • Cummins, G
  • Magennis, B
  • Fortune, G
  • O'Brien, D
  • Blunnie, WP
  • Harrington, E
  • Gillivan-Murphy, P
  • Kavanagh, E
  • Gilligan, P
  • Reilly, R
  • Scolâ, P
  • Kelly, S
  • Murray, M
  • Lynch, T

publication date

  • January 1, 2012