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We report on the pathological findings in the brains of 8 Parkinson's disease patients treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the thalamic ventral intermediate nucleus (6 cases) and subthalamic nucleus (2 cases). DBS was performed continuously for up to 70 months. All brains showed well-preserved neural parenchyma and only mild gliosis around the lead(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term high-frequency stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) improves akinesia in Parkinson disease. The neural correlates of STN stimulation are not well understood. Positron emission tomography can be applied to the in vivo study of the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation. OBJECTIVE To study changes in regional cerebral blood flow(More)
The usefulness of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of thalamic nuclei in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) has recently been advocated. We report on a 14-month follow-up study of a patient with intractable GTS in whom bilateral DBS of the internal globus pallidus was carried out. Tic frequency per minute decreased by 73% in the postoperative phase and in(More)
BACKGROUND The functional effects of deep brain stimulation in the nucleus ventralis intermedius (VIM) of the thalamus on brain circuitry are not well understood. The connectivity of the VIM has so far not been studied functionally. It was hypothesized that VIM stimulation would exert an effect primarily on VIM projection areas, namely motor and(More)
BACKGROUND Thalamic stimulation is an efficient treatment for disabling essential tremor, as previously shown, but follow up has mostly been short term. OBJECTIVES To see whether good results can be maintained in the longer term. METHODS 37 patients with essential tremor had implantation of a thalamic stimulator, either unilaterally or bilaterally. The(More)
UNLABELLED Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) with a quadripolar electrode was carried out in 9 patients with advanced idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) affected with severe diurnal motor fluctuations. The effect of bilateral STN stimulation was evaluated by clinical methods in all patients after 3 and 12 months. Assessment was(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS We report on deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the ventral intermediate part of the thalamus in 4 patients with complex tremor syndromes, 2 classified as Holmes tremor (HT) and 2 as thalamic tremor (TT). RESULTS Three out of 4 patients showed intraoperative improvement and underwent DBS implantation. One patient with TT without(More)
The combination of electrical deep brain stimulation (DBS) with functional imaging offers a unique model for tracing brain circuitry and for testing the modulatory potential of electrical stimulation on a neuronal network in vivo. We therefore applied parametric positron emission tomography (PET) analyses that allow characterization of rCBF responses as(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the causation of an insufficient clinical response to acute external stimulation after implantation of brain stimulating electrodes in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD). This study represents to our knowledge the first consecutive postoperative monitoring of the electrical properties of electrodes(More)
BACKGROUND A sudden failure of implantable pulse generators (IPG) occurred in 15 out of 143 units during the last 4 years in our patients. This corresponds to a failure rate of 10.5%. In all cases, the connection between the causes of battery and electronic circuit was found defective in the destructive analysis. In order to better understand the failure(More)