Capgras syndrome in a patient with Parkinson's disease after bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation: A case report

Christina Rose Kyrtsos, Mark C. Stahl, Paul Eslinger, Thyagarajan Subramanian, Elisabeth B. Lucassen

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Capgras syndrome is a delusional misidentification syndrome (DMS) which can be seen in neurodegenerative diseases such as Lewy body dementia and, to a lesser extent, in Parkinson's disease (PD). Here, we report the case of a 78-year-old man with a history of idiopathic PD who developed Capgras syndrome following bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (DBS) implantation. As the risk of DMS has been related to deficits in executive, memory, and visuospatial function preoperatively, this case highlights the importance of continuing to improve patient selection for DBS surgery. Capgras syndrome is a rare potential complication of DBS surgery in PD patients with preexisting cognitive decline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalCase Reports in Neurology
Publication statusPublished - May 13 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology

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