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What are side effects of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease?

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Deep brain stimulation can cause serious issues. Many go away in a few days or weeks, but some don't. You could have:

  • Stroke symptoms, like numbness and slurred speech
  • Changes in your mood, memory, and thinking
  • Seizures
  • Movement and speech problems that get worse
  • Headache, dizziness, and tingling

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Fact Sheet."

Okun, M. , National Parkinson's Foundation, 2017. Deep Brain Stimulation: Practical Guide for Patients and Families

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Surgical Treatments."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 01, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Fact Sheet."

Okun, M. , National Parkinson's Foundation, 2017. Deep Brain Stimulation: Practical Guide for Patients and Families

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Surgical Treatments."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 01, 2017

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