Maria Fiorella Contarino

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is associated with significant improvement of motor complications in patients with severe Parkinson's disease after some 6-12 months of treatment. Long-term results in a large number of patients have been reported only from a single study centre. We report 69 Parkinson's disease patients treated with bilateral DBS of the(More)
AIM To assess the long-term cognitive and behavioural outcome after bilateral deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in patients affected by Parkinson's disease, with a 5-year follow-up after surgery. METHODS 11 patients with Parkinson's disease treated by bilateral DBS of STN underwent cognitive and behavioural assessments before(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate cognitive and behavioural effects of bilateral lead implants for high frequency stimulation (HFS) of the subthalamic nucleus in patients with Parkinson's disease; and to discriminate between HFS and the effects of surgical intervention on cognitive function by carrying out postoperative cognitive assessments with the stimulators(More)
OBJECTIVE Characterization of the functional neuronal activity and connectivity within the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS Single units were extracted from micro-electrode recording (MER) of 18 PD patients who underwent STN deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. The firing rate and pattern of simultaneously(More)
Among 30 Parkinson's disease patients who received high frequency stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus, 5 developed remarkable disorders of mood or sexual behavior after the implant. We describe 2 men who developed mania and hypersexuality a few days after the implant that lasted for some months and then gradually disappeared spontaneously.
AIM High frequency stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is gaining recognition as a new symptomatic treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). The first available long-term observations show the stability of the efficacy of this procedure in time. METHODS Quadripolar leads were implanted bilaterally under stereotactic conditions in the STN of(More)
BACKGROUND Subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation effectively improves parkinsonian symptoms. It is hypothesized that distinct functional territories with different neurophysiologic activity within the STN relate to different symptoms. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to identify distinctive characteristics of STN neuronal activity related to(More)
Twenty-two patients with PD received bilateral implants for high frequency stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus. The patients were treated for more than 1 year (up to 36 months). At the last visit, the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) motor score without medication improved by 50.2% (p < 0.001) and the UPDRS activities of daily living score(More)
We report the 5 to 6 year follow-up of a multicenter study of bilateral subthalamic nucleus (STN) and globus pallidus internus (GPi) deep brain stimulation (DBS) in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. Thirty-five STN patients and 16 GPi patients were assessed at 5 to 6 years after DBS surgery. Primary outcome measure was the stimulation effect on(More)
Stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is an effective treatment for advanced Parkinson's disease (PD), but the medication requirements after implant are poorly known. We performed a long-term prospective evaluation of 20 patients maintained at stable dopaminergic therapy for 5 years after bilateral STN implants, who were evaluated 6 months, 1 year, 3(More)