Parkinson's disease surgery to implant brain cells

Parkinson's disease surgery to implant brain cells

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Caption: Brain graft surgery in Parkinson's disease. Neuro- surgeons operate on the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease to implant foetal nerve cells. A frame on the patient's head allows elecrodes and implant needles to be aimed at sites in the brain. Parkinson's disease is caused by degeneration of dopamine-secreting nerve cells in the basal ganglia of the brain. The affected brain region is located using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Dopamine-secreting brain cells are then extracted from human foetuses and implanted in the affected regions of the patient's brain. Implant surgery on younger patients has achieved some successes.

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Keywords: basal ganglia, brain, brain graft, brain surgery, foetal implant, graft, healthcare, implant, implant surgery, medical, medicine, neurosurgery, parkinson's, parkinson's dis., parkinson's disease, surgery, surgical treatment

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