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Anesthesia for patients having deep brain stimulator implantation

Lashmi Venkatraghavan, MD
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Jeffrey J Pasternak, MD
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Marianna Crowley, MD


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat Parkinson disease and other neurologic conditions, as well as certain psychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder [1-4]. The indications for DBS have now expanded to include other conditions, and the number of centers performing this procedure has also increased [1,4-10]. The DBS system provides advantages over traditional surgical ablative procedures such as thalamotomy and pallidotomy, because it is non-destructive, reversible, and adjustable [2].

This topic discusses perioperative anesthetic management and potential perioperative complications in patients undergoing DBS implantation. Also, the anesthetic implications of a pre-existing implanted DBS system are discussed, since these patients may undergo subsequent surgical procedures. (See "Device-assisted and surgical treatments for Parkinson disease", section on 'Deep brain stimulation' and "Deep brain stimulation for treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder" and "Treatment of dystonia", section on 'Deep brain stimulation' and "Surgical treatment of essential tremor", section on 'Deep brain stimulation'.)


The deep brain stimulation (DBS) hardware has three main components:

Multi-contact intracranial quadripolar electrodes

A programmable single- or dual-channel internal pulse generator (IPG) with battery unit

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