Deep brain stimulation for obsessive compulsive disorder: case report of the first OCD patient in Israel

Treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is considered a severe psychiatric disorder that causes severe functional decline. In the past, these patients were treated by selective ablation of neuronal pathways related to the pathophysiology of OCD. Deep brain stimulation is an effective and safe treatment alternative that enables reversible changes in neural circuits and reduces OCD symptoms. In this paper we present the outcome of a treatment-resistant OCD patient who underwent deep brain stimulation procedure for the first time in Israel. The patient has achieved a significant decline in OCD symptoms as well as improvement in personal and social functioning. The discussion focuses on methods to implement deep brain stimulation for OCD patients in Israel.

(Article in Hebrew)

Authors
Eitan R, Arkadir D, Linetsky E, Bick AS, Gilad M, Freedman S, Bergman H, Israel Z
Year of publication
2019
Journal
Harefua, Issue 158, Volume 7, Pages 418-422