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What are risks of having deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for epilepsy?

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DBS is generally safe, but the device and the surgery to put it in can cause side effects. Risks from DBS surgery can include things like:

  • Stroke
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Infection
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart problems
  • Headaches
  • Seizures

From: Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : "Clinical efficacy of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsia : "Electrical stimulation of the anterior nucleus of thalamus for treatment of refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What is a Seizure?"

Epilepsy Society: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep brain stimulation: Overview," "Deep brain stimulation: Risks," "Epilepsy: Treatment."

Neurosurgical Focus: "Deep brain stimulation targets for treatment of epilepsy."

NHS: "Epilepsy and deep brain stimulation."

University of Pittsburgh: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Seizures in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Young Epilepsy: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

SOURCES:

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : "Clinical efficacy of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsia : "Electrical stimulation of the anterior nucleus of thalamus for treatment of refractory epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What is a Seizure?"

Epilepsy Society: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep brain stimulation: Overview," "Deep brain stimulation: Risks," "Epilepsy: Treatment."

Neurosurgical Focus: "Deep brain stimulation targets for treatment of epilepsy."

NHS: "Epilepsy and deep brain stimulation."

University of Pittsburgh: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Seizures in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Young Epilepsy: "Deep Brain Stimulation."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

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