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Attempted and completed suicides after subthalamic nucleus stimulation for Parkinson’s disease
  1. T Soulas (thierry.soulas{at}club-internet.fr)
  1. AP-HP, CHU Henri Mondor, France
    1. J-M Gurruchaga (jean-marc.gurruchaga{at}wanadoo.fr)
    1. AP-HP, CHU Henri Mondor, France
      1. S Palfi (stephane.palfi{at}hmn.aphp.fr)
      1. AP-HP, CHU Henri Mondor, France
        1. P Cesaro (pierre.cesaro{at}hmn.aphp.fr)
        1. AP-HP, CHU Henri Mondor, France
          1. J-P Nguyen (jeanpaul.nguyen{at}chu-nantes.fr)
          1. AP-HP, CHU Henri Mondor, France
            1. G Fénelon (gilles.fenelon{at}hmn.aphp.fr)
            1. AP-HP, CHU Henri Mondor, France

              Abstract

              A higher-than-expected frequency of suicide has been reported among patients undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) for advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). We conducted a retrospective survey of 200 patients with PD who underwent STN DBS. Two patients (1%) committed suicide and four (2%) attempted suicide, despite clear motor improvements. Suicidal patients did not differ from non suicidal patients with respect to age, disease duration, or pre-operative depressive and cognitive status. Suicidal behavior was associated with post-operative depression and/or altered impulse regulation. Suicidal behavior is a potential hazard of STN DBS, calling for careful preoperative assessment and close post-operative psychiatric and behavioral follow-up.

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