Long-term effect of deep brain stimulation on pain in patients with Parkinson's disease

March 23, 2015 4:35 PM

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Long-term effect of deep brain stimulation on pain in patients with Parkinson's disease

Patients with Parkinson disease who experienced pain before undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) had that pain improved or eliminated at eight years after surgery, although the majority of patients developed new pain, mostly musculoskeletal, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology.

Pain is a common nonmotor symptom in patients with Parkinson disease and it negatively impacts quality of life.

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