Electrical stimulation of the brain. III. The neural damage model.


A major concern in the use of neural prostheses is whether electrical stimualtion can cause irreversible damage to neurons. The Neural Damage Model was devised to study the problem and to provide guidlines. The cerebral cortex of cats was stimulated continuously for 36 hours with balanced, biphasic waveforms. The charge per phase, charge density and current density were varied in 16 separate tests. Of these stimulus parameters the charge per phase was more closely correlatable with neuronal damage than charge density and current density. Furthermore, the findings in this study suggest that current flow is more important than electrochemical reactions in causing neural damage. Correlation between blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown and neuronal damage was valid only in the group of animals sacrificed immediately following stimulation. The BBB is restored within one month following electrical injury. Convulsive seizures occurred in all but one of the animals during electrical stimulation. A technique for localizing the electrode sites at autopsy and in the microscopic sections is described.


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@article{Pudenz1975ElectricalSO, title={Electrical stimulation of the brain. III. The neural damage model.}, author={R H Pudenz and Leo A. Bullara and Skip Jacques and F. Terry Hambrecht}, journal={Surgical neurology}, year={1975}, volume={4 4}, pages={389-400} }