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Aligning Dentato-Rubro-Thalamic Tract and Subthalamic Nucleus Targets in a Patient with Comorbid Essential Tremor and Parkinson's Disease: Case Report

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Deep brain stimulation is an established treatment option for both essential tremor (ET) and Parkinson's disease (PD), although typically targeting different brain structures. Some patients are diagnosed with comorbid ET and PD. Selecting the optimal stimulation target in these patients is challenging. We present a patient with comorbid ET and PD in whom we used bilaterally a single parietal trajectory to align the dentato-rubro-thalamic tract and the subthalamic nucleus. Although parietal trajectories are challenging, we reached satisfactory outcomes for both conditions without complications. Single-electrode deep brain stimulation of the dentato-rubro-thalamic tract and the subthalamic nucleus through a parietal approach may represent a feasible treatment option in this patient group.
Journal: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
ISSN: 1011-6125
Issue: 5-6
Volume: 100
Pages: 340 - 345
Publication year:2023