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Is Now the Time … ? 

Is Now the Time … ?
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Is Now the Time … ?
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Robertus M. A. de Bie

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10.1093/med/9780190607555.003.0005
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date: 15 April 2021

Deep-brain stimulation is now well established as the therapy of choice for Parkinson’s disease with motor complications, although the decision to undergo surgery has always relied on a patient experiencing a sufficient amount of disability to outweigh the associated risks of surgery and also on a physician who believes surgery is appropriate. In recent years, a number of studies have provided evidence for having this discussion earlier in the course of the disease to maximize the potential of surgery. This chapter discusses the most important considerations when determining whether deep-brain stimulation is appropriate for a patient with Parkinson’s disease.

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