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What are side effects from using deep brain stimulation (DBS) for epilepsy?

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Side effects from using the device include:

Deep brain stimulation is just one possible treatment for epilepsy. Talk to your doctor about all your options. Make sure you know how DBS might help your epilepsy and what the risks are before you have the procedure.

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Speech problems
  • Balance issues
  • Tight muscles in your face or arm
  • Dizziness
  • Mood changes, depression

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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