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Electrophysiologic Evidence That Directional Deep Brain Stimulation Activates Distinct Neural Circuits in Patients With Parkinson Disease

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OBJECTIVES: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) delivered via multicontact leads implanted in the basal ganglia is an established therapy to treat Parkinson disease (PD). However, the different neural circuits that can be modulated through stimulation on different DBS contacts are poorly understood. Evidence shows that electrically stimulating the subthalamic nucleus (STN) causes a therapeutic effect through antidromic activation of the hyperdirect pathway-a monosynaptic connection from the cortex to the STN. Recent studies suggest that stimulating the substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr) may improve gait. The advent of directional DBS leads now provides a spatially precise means to probe these neural circuits and better understand how DBS affects distinct neural networks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We measured cortical evoked potentials (EPs) using electroencephalography (EEG) in response to low-frequency DBS using the different directional DBS contacts in eight patients with PD. RESULTS: A short-latency EP at 3 milliseconds originating from the primary motor cortex appeared largest in amplitude when stimulating DBS contacts closest to the dorsolateral STN (p < 0.001). A long-latency EP at 10 milliseconds originating from the premotor cortex appeared strongest for DBS contacts closest to the SNr (p < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Our results show that at the individual patient level, electrical stimulation of different nuclei produces distinct EP signatures. Our approach could be used to identify the functional location of each DBS contact and thus help patient-specific DBS programming. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: The ClinicalTrials.gov registration number for the study is NCT04658641.
Journal: Neuromodulation
ISSN: 1094-7159
Issue: 2
Volume: 26
Pages: 403 - 413
Publication year:2023