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DBS sucess in Familial cases

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#1 kbachn



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Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:28 PM

Dear Dr.,

What is your impression in regard to the chance or level of success in DBS for PD patients whose family members also have PD?

a. No difference (no corelation btw regular and familial cases)

b. DBS seems to provide more benefits/improvements for the gene-related cases.

c. DBS does not seem to work for familial cases.

The reason i'm asking is because my father, who is now deceased, also had PD. Appreciate the samples may be quite low but any anecdotes would be much appreciated.

Thank You very much.

#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:05 PM

The information I have so far is that in cases with the PARKIN or LRRK2 gene the patients do very well. One other point in your favor is that with a family history the likihood of you having idiopathic PD is high---thus usually well selected idiopathic PD cases do very well with DBS.

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