DBS safe for older Parkinson’s patients

Older Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients who undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) are at no higher risk of complications than their younger counterparts, according to a US study.

Data from over 1,700 patients undergoing DBS showed increasing age did not significantly affect overall 90-day complication rates, nor were there increases in the rates of wound infection, haemorrhage or pulmonary embolism.

With every extra five years of age in elderly patients there was an increased risk of pneumonia that “bordered on significant