Deep brain stimulation may provide many additional years of good functioning for carefully chosen, highly functioning patients.

Results from an international clinical trial, published in the February 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that deep-brain stimulation (DBS) can help at the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease —before motor complications get out of control.

In a two-year trial of 251 PD patients, those who received brain implants had fewer motor symptoms, better quality of life, and similar rates of adverse events as participants receiving medical therapy alone.

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February 22, 2013