Introduction and importance: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) implantation is a neurosurgical procedure in which electrodes are implanted in the brain. Complications that may occur include wound infection, issues with the DBS hardware, and others. This case report presents a patient who suffered ear numbness following DBS implantation. Case presentation: A 50-year-old man presented with resting tremors in both hands. He reported that his handwriting had worsened and his movements had slowed. Physical examination revealed rigidity and postural instability. The patient was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and a bilateral subthalamic nucleus DBS implantation was scheduled combined with the patient's medication all this time. Patient's symptoms showed improvement after the procedure. However, the patient complained of ear numbness and occasional pain in the area around his ear. We observed the patient over the next 3 months and the symptoms eventually resolved without any medication and intervention. Clinical discussion: Ear numbness is a rare complication that occasionally occurs after DBS implantation. This complication occurs because the tunneling track's proximity to the great auricular nerve and the lesser occipital nerve can result in accidental damage to either one or both of these nerves during subcutaneous tunneling. Conclusion: We suggest a simple procedure to avoid neural injury while maintaining the course of the tunneling in which the tunnel is created below the periosteum rather than at the subcutaneous level.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106773
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Ear numbness
  • Parkinson's disease


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