What is Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation?

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Generic name: Deep Brain Stimulation

Subthalamic nucleus (STN) stimulation is deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus of the brain. STN DBS is a neurosurgical treatment for Parkinson’s disease that is used to treat tremor and other motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 42 34
Stiffness/spasticity 4 2
Jerky movements 2 1
Body tremor 1 0
Cervical dystonia (torticollis) 1 0
Falls 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 3
Mild 9
None 18

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation

Side effect Patients
Jerky movements 3
Balance problems 1
Disordered muscle tension (dystonia) 1
Drooling 1
Face drooping permanent frown 1
Freezing of gait 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation

Dosage Patients
daily 2
1 other daily 1
24 hr daily 1
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 1
Other 1
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Duration

Currently using Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped using Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 24
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 4
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 15
Not specified 13
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4 patient evaluations for Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation

Nov 8, 2015 (Started Aug 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 27, 2013 (Started Aug 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Still balancing meds. I have about 3 hrs on time and 3 hrs off presently when meds wear off.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Dec 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Ii ask my self the question "if you needed dbs as you know it , would you take it again" answer = yes
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 7, 2010 (Started Jul 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 12, 2010 (Started Jul 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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