How many parkinsonian patients are suitable candidates for deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus? Results of a questionnaire.

@article{Morgante2007HowMP,
  title={How many parkinsonian patients are suitable candidates for deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus? Results of a questionnaire.},
  author={Letterio Morgante and Francesca Morgante and Elena Moro and Antonio Epifanio and Paolo Girlanda and Paolo Ragonese and Angelo Antonini and Paolo Barone and Ubaldo Bonuccelli and Maria Fiorella Contarino and Livio Capus and Maria Gabriella Ceravolo and R Marconi and R Ceravolo and Marco D'amelio and Giovanni Savettieri},
  journal={Parkinsonism & related disorders},
  year={2007},
  volume={13 8},
  pages={528-31}
}
We used a CAPSIT-based questionnaire to estimate the percentage of parkinsonian patients suitable for subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) in a movement disorders clinic. We found that out of 641 consecutive PD patients only 1.6% fulfilled strict STN-DBS criteria. When we applied more flexible criteria, the percentage of eligibility increased to 4.5%. Most patients (60%) were ineligible because they did not satisfy multiple questionnaire items. Items related to disease… CONTINUE READING
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