What is deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Deep brain stimulation

  • Surgical procedure of choice for Parkinson disease

  • Does not involve destruction of brain tissue

  • Reversible

  • Can be adjusted as the disease progresses or adverse events occur

  • Bilateral procedures can be performed without a significant increase in adverse events

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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