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Does deep brain stimulation prevent progression of Parkinson’s disease?

Nader Pouratian, MD
Neurosurgery
Deep brain stimulation does not change the natural history of Parkinson’s disease. It doesn’t cure it. It doesn’t slow down the disease. It’s a symptomatic treatment, so if we turn the stimulator off, you’re going to be right back where you would have been without the stimulator. There is a small contingency of investigators who do think that it could modify the disease. I personally am not a subscriber to that theory, and I don’t promise my patients that at all.

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