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Neuroprotective subthalamotomy in Parkinson's disease. The role of magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound in early surgery

May 5, 2016 | Magazine: Neurocirugía

Guridi J (1), Marigil M (2), Becerra V (2), Parras O (2).


Subthalamic nucleus hyperactivity in Parkinson's disease may be a very early phenomenon. Its start is not well known, and it may occur during the pre-symptomatic disease stage.

Glutamatergic hyperactivity may be neurotoxic over the substantia nigra compacta dopaminergic neurons. If this occurred, the excitatory neurotransmitter, glutamate, should affect the neurons that maintain a high turnover as a compensatory mechanism. Would a subthalamic nucleus lesion decrease this hyperactivity and thus be considered as a neuroprotective mechanism for dopaminergic neurons?

The authors hypothesise about the possibility to perform surgery on a subthalamic nucleus lesion at a very early stage in order to avoid the neurotoxic glutamatergic effect over the dopaminergic neurons, and therefore be considered as a neuroprotective surgery able to alter the progress of the disease during early motor symptoms.

In this regard, magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound techniques open a new window in the stereotactic armamentarium.

CITATION  Neurocirugia (Astur). 2016 May 5. pii: S1130-1473(16)00035-X. doi: 10.1016/j.neucir.2016.02.006