How many parkinsonian patients are suitable candidates for deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus? Results of a questionnaire

Letterio Morgante, Francesca Morgante, Elena Moro, Antonio Epifanio, Paolo Girlanda, Paolo Ragonese, Angelo Antonini, Paolo Barone, Ubaldo Bonuccelli, Maria Fiorella Contarino, Livio Capus, Maria Gabriella Ceravolo, Roberto Marconi, Roberto Ceravolo, Marco D'Amelio, Giovanni Savettieri

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Abstract

We used a CAPSIT-based questionnaire to estimate the percentage of parkinsonian patients suitable for subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) in a movement disorders clinic. We found that out of 641 consecutive PD patients only 1.6% fulfilled strict STN-DBS criteria. When we applied more flexible criteria, the percentage of eligibility increased to 4.5%. Most patients (60%) were ineligible because they did not satisfy multiple questionnaire items. Items related to disease severity were responsible for the largest number of exclusions. This knowledge will help make decisions on resource allocation in centres wishing to start DBS surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-531
Number of pages4
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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Keywords

  • CAPSIT
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Questionnaire
  • STN DBS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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Morgante, L., Morgante, F., Moro, E., Epifanio, A., Girlanda, P., Ragonese, P., Antonini, A., Barone, P., Bonuccelli, U., Contarino, M. F., Capus, L., Ceravolo, M. G., Marconi, R., Ceravolo, R., D'Amelio, M., & Savettieri, G. (2007). How many parkinsonian patients are suitable candidates for deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus? Results of a questionnaire. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 13(8), 528-531. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.parkreldis.2006.12.013