Vol 54, No 3 (2020)
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Radiation therapy in patients with implanted deep brain stimulation

Michał J. Schinwelski1, Jarosław Dulski23, Wojciech Łuczak4, Witold Libionka56, Tomasz Mandat7, Jarosław Sławek23
Pubmed: 32285432
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2020;54(3):280-283.


Background. As deep brain stimulation (DBS) and radiation therapy (RT) have become established treatments for movement disorders and malignancies respectively, patients being treated with both simultaneously are becoming more frequent.

Objectives. Literature regarding the safety of RT in patients with implanted DBS is scarce, and there are no clear guidelines on how to manage them.

Methods. We present a follow-up of two Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients with DBS undergoing RT in the context of previous literature.

Results. No adverse events nor malfunctioning of the DBS system were observed. This was in line with previous reports.

Since there are no clear safety guidelines for RT in DBS patients, it is important to document experience in this field. A combined approach involving multidisciplinary discussions between neurosurgeons, radiotherapists, clinical oncologists and neurologists is recommended.

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