Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson’s Patients: Study

Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson’s Patients: Study

The risk of complications when implanting deep brain stimulation devices in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease is no greater in older patients than younger ones, a new study shows.

The treatment involves placing electrodes in specific parts of the brain. The new findings should ease concerns about using the devices in patients older than 75, the Duke University researchers said.

¬†They analyzed data from more than 1,750 Parkinson’s patients who had the devices implanted between 2000 and 2009. Of those patients, 7.5 percent had at least one complication within 90 days of the surgery. Complications included wound infections, bleeding, pneumonia and pulmonary embolism.