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Parkinson’s patients can lose swimming ability after deep brain stimulation

Key clinical point: After deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS), patients should be advised of the potential risk of drowning and the need for a carefully supervised assessment of their swimming skills.

Major finding: Nine patients lost their ability to swim after undergoing successful STN-DBS procedures.

Study details: A case series of nine patients.

Disclosures: The report received no funding, and one author disclosed financial relationships with industry.


Waldvogel D et al. Neurology. 2019 Nov 27. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000008664.