Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Hope for Severest Anorexia

March 7, 2013

For the first time, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat patients with severe, treatment-refractory anorexia nervosa (AN), with promising results.

The primary aim of the pilot study was to test the safety of DBS in this patient population. However, among the 6 patients included in the study, one half showed improvement in mood and body mass index (BMI) over baseline after undergoing the procedure.