Alleviation of drenching sweats following subthalamic deep brain stimulation in a patient with Parkinson's disease - A case report

M. K. Sanghera, C. Ward, R. M. Stewart, K. Mewes, R. K. Simpson, E. C. Lai

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Abstract

We report a patient with Parkinson's disease whose whole body drenching sweats were completely alleviated by stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus and/or adjacent structures. Sweating reappeared 4 h after the pulse generator (stimulation) was turned off and ceased when stimulation was resumed. Imaging studies with reconstruction indicated that stimulation of, or spread of stimulation from, the caudal medial aspect of the right subthalamic nucleus and/or the caudal aspect of the ventral thalamus/zona incerta may be responsible for alleviating the drenching sweats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-249
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Neurological Sciences
Volume285
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2009

Keywords

  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Dysautonomia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Subthalamic nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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