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Call the doctor if any of the following situations occur:
If the DBS System ceases to function for any reason (e.g., battery depletion or exposure to electromagnetic interference [EMI] sources that will shut off the system), the symptoms may return. In some cases, symptoms may return with an intensity greater than was experienced prior to system implant (rebound effect).
There may be changes in the level of the symptom control over time.
These changes may include:
In many cases, the clinician can correct these changes by reprogramming the DBS system. However, surgery may be required to reposition or replace the lead, replace the system, or remove the system.
Because the disease may change with time, one's condition may improve, may worsen, or may remain unchanged with stimulation.
When the neurostimulator is turned off, the symptoms will return. Some symptoms return quickly. Other symptoms may take longer to return.
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