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Comment & Response
September 2015

Considerations of Long-term Pain Evaluation Post–Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
  • 2National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore
JAMA Neurol. 2015;72(9):1077. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.1593

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.

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