Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s might disrupt swimming ability

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A small study finds that some people lose their ability to swim when their Parkinson’s disease is treated with deep brain stimulation.

Researchers identified nine cases of Parkinson’s patients who effectively forgot how to swim after having a deep brain stimulation device implanted to control disease symptoms such as tremor, rigidity and slowed movement, according to the report published in Neurology.

“Neurologists and patients should be aware of this potential effect of DBS, even if it’s rare,” said study coauthor Dr. Christian Baumann, an associate professor in the department of neurology at the University Hospital of Zurich in Switzerland.

It’s not clear how permanent the loss is.

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