Restless legs syndrome in Parkinson's disease patients may improve with subthalamic stimulation

Erika Driver-Dunckley, Virgilio Gerald H. Evidenter, Charles H. Adler, Renee Hillman, Jose Hernandez, Geoffrey Fletcher, Mark K. Lyons

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Abstract

We report on 6 advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) patients who underwent bilateral subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery whose restless legs syndrome (RLS) improved postoperatively. Despite a mean 56% decrease in their levodopa equivalents postoperatively, their RLS scores dropped by a mean of 84% (100% in three). Our findings suggest that bilateral STN DBS surgery can improve RLS in patients with advanced PD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1287-1289
Number of pages3
JournalMovement Disorders
Volume21
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

Keywords

  • Deep brain stimulation surgery
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Restless legs syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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