Defining Critical White Matter Pathways Mediating Successful Subcallosal Cingulate Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of subcallosal cingulate white matter (SCC) is an evolving investigational treatment for major depression. Mechanisms of action are hypothesized to involve modulation of activity within a structurally defined network of brain regions involved in mood regulation. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) was used to model white matter connections within this network to identify those critical for successful antidepressant response to SCC DBS.
Pre-operative high-resolution MRI data, including DTI, were acquired in 16 patients with treatment-resistant depression who then received SCC DBS. Computerized tomography was used post-operatively to locate DBS contacts. The activation volume around the active contacts used for chronic stimulation was modeled for each patient retrospectively. Probabilistic tractography was used to delineate the white matter tracts that traveled through each activation volume. Patient-specific tract maps were calculated using whole-brain analysis. Clinical evaluations of therapeutic outcome from SCC DBS were defined at 6 months and 2 years.
Whole brain activation volume tractography (AVT) demonstrated that all DBS responders at six months (n=6) and 2 years (n=12) shared bilateral pathways from their activation volumes to (1) medial frontal cortex via forceps minor and uncinate fasciculus, (2) rostral and dorsal cingulate cortex via the cingulum bundle, and (3) subcortical nuclei. Non-responders did not consistently show these connections. Specific anatomical coordinates of the active contacts did not discriminate responders from non-responders.
Patient-specific AVT modeling may identify critical tracts that mediate SCC DBS antidepressant response. This suggests a novel method for patient-specific target and stimulation parameter selection.
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