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 Deep brain stimulation treatment for advanced Parkinson's disease patients provides benefits

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Date posted: 06/01/2009

Patients with advanced Parkinson disease (PD) who received deep brain stimulation treatment had more improvement in movement skills and quality of life after six months than patients who received other medical therapy, but also had a higher risk of a serious adverse events, according to a study in the January 7 issue of JAMA.

It is the surgical intervention of choice when PD motor (movement) complications are inadequately managed with medications, according to background information in the article. "However, recent reports highlighting unexpected behavioral effects of stimulation suggest that deep brain stimulation, while improving motor function, may have other less desirable consequences," the authors write. They add that there are few randomized trials comparing treatments, and most studies exclude older patients.

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