Surgical complications of deep brain stimulation no higher risk for older Parkinson's patients

August 26, 2014 10:16 PM

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Surgical complications of deep brain stimulation no higher risk for older Parkinson's patients

Implantating deep brain stimulation devices poses no greater risk of complications to older patients than it does to younger patients with Parkinson's disease, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

The findings, published Aug. 25, 2014, in the journal JAMA Neurology, ease concerns that patients older than age 75 are poorer candidates for deep brain stimulation (DBS) because they may be prone to bleeding, infections or other complications that can arise after surgeries.

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