Incidence of peri-lead oedema following deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease


  • Peri-lead oedema is a common, transient, largely asymptomatic, occurrence following subthalamic nucleus-deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) for Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Why this matters

    The observation that peri-lead oedema is a routine side effect of STN-DBN indicates that corticosteroid treatment may not be necessary for cases occurring in the first 7–60 days following surgery.