Is subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) effective for treating pain related to Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Although not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pain, STN DBS may be effective in improving specific types of pain related to Parkinson disease, [86, 87] such as musculoskeletal pain [86, 88] and dystonic pain. However, there is a risk of postoperative deterioration of somatic pain exacerbated by Parkinson disease and radicular/peripheral neuropathic pain due to lumbar spine diseases. Patients with central pain have had a poor response to STN DBS. [86]


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