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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 474--476

Hypersexuality following subthalamic nucleus stimulation for Parkinson's disease


Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Pranshu Bhargava
C/o Dr. Paresh Doshi, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, 15, Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai - 400 026
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.44830

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Subthalamic nucleus (STN) stimulation is an established surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). Though the motor benefits of STN stimulation are well understood, its cognitive and behavioral effects are still not fully understood. Manic psychosis, hypersexuality, pathological gambling and mood swings are associated with advanced PD. There have been reports to suggest improvement or worsening in these symptoms following STN deep brain stimulation (DBS). We report two cases as the sole behavioral side-effects of STN stimulation despite good clinical improvement on long-term follow-up. These patients and literature review suggests the complex role of STN stimulation in motor and behavioral control.






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