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Nucleus accumbens stimulation in pathological obesity

Marek Harat1, Marcin Rudaś2, Piotr Zieliński3, Julita Birska2, Paweł Sokal2
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2016.01.014
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(3):207-210.


One of the potential treatment methods of obesity is deep brain stimulation (DBS) of nucleus accumbens. We describe the case of 19 years old woman with hypothalamic obesity. She weighted 151.4kg before DBS and the non-surgical methods proved to be inefficient. She was treated with implantation of DBS electrode to nucleus accumbens bilaterally. Results were measured with body mass index and neuropsychological tests. Follow-up was 14 months. Fourteen months after surgery weight was 138kg, BMI was 48.3. Neuropsychological test results were intact. The presented case supports the thesis of treatment of obesity with nucleus accumbens stimulation.

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