Journal of Nature and Science of Medicine

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10--13

Direct current stimulation and epilepsy in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Opportunity and challenges


Abdulrahman Al-Thaqib1, Ali Mir2, Raidah S Albaradie2, Shahid Habib1, Shahid Bashir2 
1 Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Neuroscience Center, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Shahid Bashir
Neuroscience Center, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam
Saudi Arabia

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is one type of neuromodulation, which is an emerging technology that holds promise for the future studies on therapeutic and diagnostic applications in treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases. Epilepsy is a major problem with devastating effects on patients and their caregivers and has a tremendous socioeconomic impact on families and health-care systems in the Saudi Arabia and worldwide. tDCS is a low-cost, noninvasive portable neuromodulation technique which can transiently decrease or increase cortical excitability in humans and which was invasively demonstrated to reduce epileptiform discharges in animals. This article reviews the tDCS as tools of neuromodulation for epilepsy and discusses the opportunities and challenges available for clinicians and researchers interested in advancing neuromodulation therapy. The aim of this review is to highlight the usefulness of tDCS and to generate an interest that will lead to appropriate studies that assess the true clinical value of tDCS for epilepsy among local clinician and scientist.


How to cite this article:
Al-Thaqib A, Mir A, Albaradie RS, Habib S, Bashir S. Direct current stimulation and epilepsy in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Opportunity and challenges.J Nat Sci Med 2019;2:10-13


How to cite this URL:
Al-Thaqib A, Mir A, Albaradie RS, Habib S, Bashir S. Direct current stimulation and epilepsy in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Opportunity and challenges. J Nat Sci Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Jun 25 ];2:10-13
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