Efficacy of neurostimulation to treat symptoms of Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. A preliminary study using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

Alan J. Pearce, Charlotte P. Davies, Brendan P. Major

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


Mal de debarquement syndrome (MdDS) is a rare and poorly understood condition of perceived continual motion. Using a multiple-case design (n = 13; 8 f; 63.5 ± 12.6 years), this study investigated the efficacy of eight 20-min sessions, over 4 weeks, of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of the dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex. Compared to sham, rTMS demonstrated improvement in balance and confidence in daily living activities. rTMS shows promise for the treatment of MdDS. However, larger trials with longer intervention periods are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-341
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neuropsychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • balance
  • dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex
  • Mal de debarquement syndrome
  • repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

Cite this