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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 179--186

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease: Currents Status and Emerging Concepts

Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, 15 Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Paresh K Doshi
Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, 15 Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai - 400 026, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.302466

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The clinical application of DBS has become manifold and there has been a tremendous growth in DBS technology in the last few decades making it safer and user friendly. The earlier concept of its delayed application in motor fluctuations of Parkinson's disease has been replaced by Class-I evidence of EARLY-STIM trial in 2013, leading to its FDA approval to be used in early-stage despite criticism. Various studies have provided evidence of beneficial effects of bilateral STN-DBS on both motor as well as nonmotor symptoms and different new targets such as the pedunculopontine nucleus, posterior subthalamic area or caudal zona incerta, centromedian-parafascicular complex, and substantia nigra pars reticulata have now become a new area of interest in addition to the subthalamic nucleus and globus pallidus internus for the alleviation of both motor and nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. New data has confirmed that the DBS is clinically as effective and safe in elderly patients as it is in younger ones. Technological advances like current steering, directional leads, and closed-loop DBS are directed towards reducing the stimulation-induced adverse effects and preservation of the battery life for a longer period. Results of the long-term efficacy of DBS on Parkinson's disease are now available. These have shown that as the motor benefit continues, the clinical progression of Parkinson's disease also continues. We plan to discuss all these in this paper.


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