Freezing of gait and falls after subthalamic deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease

Takeaway

  • Subthalamic deep-brain-stimulation (SDBS) was effective in reducing freezing of gait (FOG) and falls in around a third of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), with the best effects observed when electrodes were placed within the subthalamus.

Why this matters ?

  • SDBS is effective in reducing FOG and falls for a subset of PD patients and there may be factors predictive of response to treatment.