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Movement Disorders Unit:
The Movement Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital provides diagnosis, treatment and support to patients with a variety of movement disorders.
Our unit includes four specialized clinics:
In addition to the conditions mentioned above, we see patients with other forms of Parkinsonism, tremor, gait disorders, drug-induced movement disorders, and other rare diseases and conditions.
Mass General has a long history of conducting research into Parkinson's disease and caring for patients with this and other movement disorders. The groundwork for the Movement Disorders Unit was laid in the 1940s, when Robert Schwab, MD, published his first research paper on Parkinson's disease.
John Growdon, MD, formalized Dr. Schwab's vision by founding the Movement Disorders Center in 1982. Twenty years later, the unit combined with the Brigham and Women's Hospital Movement Disorders Clinic (part of the Partners HealthCare System) to form the Partners Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center. Dr. Growdon now serves as director of our unit.
Our physicians are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders, and are leaders of research in their chosen subspecialty. Many serve on advisory committees for private organizations such as the National Parkinson Foundation, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Parkinson Disease Foundation and Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.
The Movement Disorders Unit conducts world-class research to improve our
Outside of our unit, the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND) aims to conduct research and translate laboratory discoveries into prevention, treatment and cures for Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Through the subspecialties within the Movement Disorders understanding, diagnosis and treatment of various movement disorders. Patients can volunteer to participate in an array of important research activities, including:
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Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes involuntary muscle contraction and forces certain body parts, such as limbs, hands, face and/or neck, into abnormal positions.
Huntington’s disease (HD) is a progressive, inherited, neurodegenerative disease that affects muscle coordination and results in movement, cognitive and psychiatric disorders.
Parkinson's disease (PD or, simply, Parkinson's) is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease that is associated with symptoms such as tremor or trembling of the arms, jaw, legs and face, stiffness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), postural instability or impaired balance and coordination.
Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders
Our neurosurgeons use deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients with a wide variety of movement disorders. DBS involves implanting an electrode in the brain to interrupt and stimulate nerve activity. Our center uses the most advanced stereotactic technology, microelectrode recordings, for optimal lead positioning and the best patient outcome. The most common movement disorder we treat is Parkinson's disease. Other disorders that can be treated using deep brain stimulation include Essential tremor and Dystonia.
Mass General was one of the first hospitals to perform DBS and today we also use it to treat many different types of Dystonia which include:
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's Disease: Expectations and Fact Sheet
Learn facts and frequently asked questions about DBS.
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The "Parkinson's Disease and the Family" book is a guide for people with Parkinson's disease, and their friends and family. It provides medical and practical information in an approachable, easy-to-read manner.
Movement disorder and dystonia related organizations for patients & families, including deep brain stimulation, belpharospasm, Spasmodic Dysphonia and Torticollis, Dopa-Responsive Dystonia, Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson's disease.
The Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital is recruiting new faculty.
Momentum in our Pursuit of Cures - Research advances in Parkinson's, Lewy Body dementia, and Parkinson's-Plus disorders. Anne B. Young, MD, PhD, Director, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), formerly Chief of Neurology Service.
Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.
Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Clinical and research presentations on Huntington’s Disease, Epilepsy, and Neuro-Oncology.
Neurology residents, program graduates, faculty members, and the education director talk about training at Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Movement Disorders Unit
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Mailing AddressMovement Disorders UnitMailcode: WACC 8-830Massachusetts General Hospital55 Fruit StreetBoston, MA 02114
Neurology Access Center for Adult Outpatient ClinicsPhone: 1-855-MGH-NEUR (1-855-644-6387)Business Hours: 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Patient Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the best number to contact your office?A: 617-726-5532Q: How long are appointments?New patients: 60min Follow up appointments: 30minAppointments with Fellows: NEW 90min; FOL 30 min
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