To the Editor We read with interest the article by Jung et al1 on the long-term effectiveness of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) on pain in Parkinson disease (PD). They reported that 67% of their 24 patients with PD who had off-state pain reported improvement 8 years after surgery. However, new pain developed in 75% of their patients, with the most common being musculoskeletal in origin. The authors have done an excellent long-term evaluation of pain in post–STN DBS patients with PD.
Deng X, Thomas J, Tan E. Considerations of Long-term Pain Evaluation Post–Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. JAMA Neurol. 2015;72(9):1077. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.1593