Pearls in patient selection for deep brain stimulation

Ramon L. Rodriguez, Hubert H. Fernandez, Ihtsham Haq, Michael S. Okun

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BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has emerged as an important treatment for medication refractory movement and neuropsychiatric disorders. General neurologists and even general practitioners may be called upon to screen potential candidates for DBS. The patient selection process plays an important role in this procedure. REVIEW SUMMARY: In this article, we discuss "pearls" for the clinician who may be called upon to identify appropriate candidates for DBS. Additionally, we will discuss the important points that should be considered when referring patients for surgical intervention. CONCLUSION: Diagnosis, response to levodopa, cognitive status, psychiatric status, access to care, and patient expectations are all essential elements of the patient selection process for DBS. These areas must be adequately addressed prior to any surgical procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-260
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Candidate
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • GPi
  • Screening
  • STN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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