Efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation Depends on Type, Levodopa Response

Efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation Depends on Type, Levodopa Response

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Efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation Depends on Type, Levodopa Response

The impact of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in improving motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease may be related to a patient’s response to levodopa therapy, and to the type of DBS administered, according to a small study. Patients who responded to levodopa demonstrated better motor function after DBS surgery targeted the globus pallidus interna region in the brain over the subthalamic nucleus. For those with levodopa-resistant tremors, such surgery targeting the subthalamic nucleus region may…

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