The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is one of the most important stereotactic targets in neurosurgery, and its accurate imaging is crucial. With improving MRI sequences there is impetus for direct targeting of the STN. High-quality, distortion-free images are paramount. Image reconstruction techniques appear to show the greatest promise in balancing the issue of geometrical distortion and STN edge detection. Existing spin echo- and susceptibility-based MRI sequences are compared with new image reconstruction methods. Quantitative susceptibility mapping is the most promising technique for stereotactic imaging of the STN.
Arjun S. Chandran, Michael Bynevelt and Christopher R. P. Lind
Arjun S. Chandran, Stuti Joshi, Megan Thorburn, Rick Stell and Christopher R. P. Lind
The posterior subthalamic area (PSA) is a promising target of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for medication-refractory essential tremor (ET). This case series describes a novel adverse effect manifesting as dystonic tics in patients with ET undergoing DBS of the PSA.
Six patients with ET received electrode implants for DBS of the dorsal and caudal zona incerta subregions of the PSA.
Five of the 6 patients developed dystonic tics soon after clinical programming. These tics were of varying severity and required reduction of the electrical stimulation amplitude. This reduction resolved tic occurrence without significantly affecting ET control. Dystonic tics were not observed in 39 additional patients who underwent DBS of the same brain regions for controlling non-ET movement disorders.
The pathophysiology of tic disorders is poorly understood and may involve the basal ganglia and related cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical circuits. This series is the first report of DBS-induced tics after stimulation of any brain target. Although the PSA has not previously been implicated in tic pathophysiology, it may be a candidate region for future studies.