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Is it possible to end up cognitive problems as a result of deep brain stimulation?
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Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology
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In brief: Yes, but it is rare
It is possible to have cognitive side effects from dbs surgery.
Some of this could come from a stroke or bleed (both of which are rare). There have been cases, particularly in parkinson disease when leads were implanted in the subthalamic nucleus, where patients have had psychosis. Fortunately these types of side effects are usually quite rare.

In brief: Yes, but it is rare
It is possible to have cognitive side effects from dbs surgery.
Some of this could come from a stroke or bleed (both of which are rare). There have been cases, particularly in parkinson disease when leads were implanted in the subthalamic nucleus, where patients have had psychosis. Fortunately these types of side effects are usually quite rare.
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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Possibly
Dbs holds promise as a treatment for parkinson's disease, depression, and ocd.
It is still listed as an experimental treatment by the nimh. Possible side effects include: bleeding in the brain or stroke, infection, disorientation or confusion, unwanted mood changes, movement disorders, lightheadedness, and trouble sleeping. It's experimental so other as yet unidentified side effects may occur.

In brief: Possibly
Dbs holds promise as a treatment for parkinson's disease, depression, and ocd.
It is still listed as an experimental treatment by the nimh. Possible side effects include: bleeding in the brain or stroke, infection, disorientation or confusion, unwanted mood changes, movement disorders, lightheadedness, and trouble sleeping. It's experimental so other as yet unidentified side effects may occur.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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