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Damianos E. Sakas, Ioannis G. Panourias, Efstathios J. Boviatsis, Marios S. Themistocleous, Lambis C. Stavrinou, Pantelis Stathis and Stylianos D. Gatzonis

Deep brain stimulation of the globus pallidus internus has been shown to be beneficial in a small number of patients suffering from axial dystonias. However, it has not yet been reported as an effective treatment for the alleviation of idiopathic head drop. The authors describe a 49-year-old woman with idiopathic cervical dystonia (camptocephalia) who was unable to raise her head > 30° when standing or sitting; her symptoms would abate when lying down. This disabling neurological condition was treated successfully with bilateral chronic electrical stimulation of the globus pallidus internus.