Effects of unilateral subthalamic and pallidal deep brain stimulation on fine motor functions in Parkinson's disease
ABSTRACT Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective treatment for selected patients with disabling Parkinson's disease (PD). The two main targets are the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the globus pallidus internus (GPi), although it has not been established whether stimulation at one target is superior to the other. This prospective randomized study assessed the effects of unilateral DBS of the STN versus GPi on fine motor skills in 33 patients with advanced PD. Stimulation of either the STN (18 subjects) or GPi (15 subjects) in the off medication state significantly improved movement time and dexterity, but had little or no effect on reaction time. Overall, the extent of improvement did not differ between the two targets. The degree of improvement in movement time, but not dexterity, was correlated with the extent of preoperative medication responsiveness. Our findings suggest that DBS of the STN or GPi results in a similar improvement in hand movements at short-term follow-up. Preoperative medication responsiveness predicts improvement in some but not other motor tasks.
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ABSTRACT: Surgical neuromodulation has emerged as the primary method to treat the medically refractory symptoms of essential tremor and Parkinson disease. With reversible manipulation of CNS neurons, neuromodulation can be used to intraoperatively localize and verify a stereotactic target, and to chronically treat movement disorders. This article discusses the historical advances in stereotactic surgery using various modalities of neuromodulation leading to contemporary treatment. Electrical neuromodulation, or deep brain stimulation, is emphasized as the major surgical intervention with a discussion of the technique, surgical targets, and clinical outcomes. A comparison of neuromodulation techniques is presented.Neurosurgery clinics of North America 01/2014; 25(1):47-58. DOI:10.1016/j.nec.2013.08.002 · 1.54 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has provided remarkable therapeutic benefits for people with a variety of neurological disorders. Despite the uncertainty of the precise mechanisms underlying its efficacy, DBS is clinically effective in improving motor function of essential tremor, Parkinson's disease and primary dystonia and in relieving obsessive-compulsive disorder. Recently, this surgical technique has continued to expand to other numerous neurological diseases with encouraging results. This review highlighted the current and potential future clinical applications of DBS.09/2013; 1(3-4):200-12. DOI:10.1159/000353121
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ABSTRACT: There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that deep brain stimulation (DBS) of globus pallidus internus (GPi DBS) and subthalamic nucleus (STN DBS) are effective treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, it remains controversial whether the best stimulation target for a PD patient is GPi or STN. A computer literature search of PubMed was carried out. We included randomised studies with direct comparison between targets. The outcome of unified PD rating scale (UPDRS) III was expressed as the standardised mean difference (SMD) between targets in baseline to endpoint change. Pooled risk ratio (RR) between targets was also used to assess adverse events. Four studies, comprising a total sample size of 502 PD patients (254 GPi DBS, 248 STN DBS), were included in this meta-analysis. The overall effect of GPi DBS on UPDRS III was not significantly different from STN DBS (SMD=0.19, 95% CI -0.2 to 0.58, p=0.34, four studies, n=448). This result was heterogeneous (p=0.03, I(2)=66%). In terms of adverse events, depression was significantly less frequent in patients with GPi DBS than STN DBS with homogeneous studies (pooled RR=0.53, 95% CI 0.31 to 0.90, p=0.02, three studies, n=479, I(2)=48%). The effect of GPi DBS was similar to STN DBS except for depression, however, only three studies described depression as adverse events. We need additional randomised trials with direct comparison between targets based on unified scoring of adverse events.Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry 01/2014; 85(9). DOI:10.1136/jnnp-2013-306090 · 5.58 Impact Factor