Clinical Neuroscience

[Selection of the optimal device-aided therapy in Parkinson’s disease]

KOVÁCS Norbert1,2, ASCHERMANN Zsuzsanna1, JUHÁSZ Annamária1, HARMAT Márk1, PINTÉR Dávid1, JANSZKY József1,2

JANUARY 30, 2019

Clinical Neuroscience - 2019;72(01-02)


[For the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease the deep brain stimulation (DBS) and the levodopa/carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) therapies are available in Hungary. Although they may have similar impact on the health-related quality of life and disabilities associated with the disease, they have different indications, and inclusion- and exclusion criteria. Consequently, the patient population treated with DBS and LCIG may be different. In the present review, the authors try to help the process of selection of the optimal device-aided therapy for the patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease. ]


  1. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Neurológiai Klinika, Pécs
  2. MTA-PTE Klinikai Idegtudományi Képalkotó Kutatócsoport, Pécs



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