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Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in elderly patients – analysis of outcome and complications

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Author(s): Vesper Jan | Haak Susanne | Ostertag Christoph | Nikkhah Guido

Journal: BMC Neurology
ISSN 1471-2377

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2007;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Abstract Background There is an ongoing discussion about age limits for deep brain stimulation (DBS). Current indications for DBS are tremor-dominant disorders, Parkinson's disease, and dystonia. Electrode implantation for DBS with analgesia and sedation makes surgery more comfortable, especially for elderly patients. However, the value of DBS in terms of benefit-risk ratio in this patient population is still uncertain. Methods Bilateral electrode implantation into the subthalamic nucleus (STN) was performed in a total of 73 patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. Patients were analyzed retrospectively. For this study they were divided into two age groups: group I (age

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