Can deep brain stimulation cause cognitive problems?

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.

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Is it possible to end up cognitive problems as a result of deep brain stimulation?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...