Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Elderly Parkinson’s Patients

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a well-established modality for the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). Recent studies have found DBS plus best medical therapy to be superior to best medical therapy alone for patients with PD and early motor complications. Although no specific age cutoff has been defined, most clinical studies have excluded patients older than 75 years of age. We hypothesize that increasing age would be associated with an increased number of postoperative complications