Cerebello-spinal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) improved motor and cognitive symptoms in patients with neurogenerative ataxias and could be a potential new treatment in this patient population.
Why this matters
Neurodegenerative ataxias consist of several heterogenous disabling progressive diseases for which effective treatments are currently lacking.
Although research has shown that tDCS is effective in promoting neuroplasticity and improving symptoms in patients with neurodegenerative ataxia, including the authors’ pilot study in which cerebello-spinal tDCS led to the restoration of cerebellar inhibition (CBI), a number of unmet needs remain.
This study provides supporting evidence for the effectiveness of tDCS in treating neurodegenerative ataxias using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and is a promising new treatment for these disabling diseases.