What is dorso-lateral in the subthalamic Nucleus (STN)? - A topographic and anatomical consideration on the ambiguous description of today's primary target for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery

Volker A. Coenen, Andreas Prescher, Thorsten Schmidt, Piero Picozzi, Frans L H Gielen

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Abstract

Introduction: The most frequently used target for DBS in advanced Parkinson Disease (PD) is the sensorimotor subthalamic nucleus (STN), anatomically referred to as dorso-lateral STN [3]. Ambiguities arise, regarding the true meaning of this description in the STN. Does "dorsal" indicate posterior or superior? At its best, this definition assigns two directions in space to a three-dimensional structure. Objective: This paper evaluates the ambiguity and describes the sensorimotor part of the STN in stereotactic space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1163-1165
Number of pages3
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Volume150
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

Keywords

  • Anatomy
  • Brain
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • STN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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