Deep Brain Stimulation of the Globus Pallidus Internus and Externus in Multiple System Atrophy

Daniel G. Di Luca, Carolina Ramirez-Gomez, Jurgen Germann, Brendan Santyr, Alexandre Boutet, Luka Milosevic, Anthony E. Lang, Suneil K. Kalia, Andres M. Lozano, Alfonso Fasano

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Background: Multiple system atrophy with parkinsonism (MSA-P) is a progressive condition with no effective treatment. Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the safety and efficacy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of globus pallidus pars interna and externa in a cohort of patients with MSA-P. Methods: Six patients were included. Changes in Movement Disorders Society Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale Part III (MDS-UPDRS III), Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39) scores, and levodopa equivalent daily dose were compared before and after DBS. Electrode localization and volume tissue activation were calculated. Results: DBS surgery did not result in any major adverse events or intraoperative complications. Overall, no differences in MDS-UPDRS III scores were demonstrated (55.2 ± 17.6 preoperatively compared with 67.3 ± 19.2 at 1 year after surgery), although transient improvement in mobility and dyskinesia was reported in some subjects. Conclusions: Globus pallidus pars interna and externa DBS for patients with MSA-P did not result in major complications, although it did not provide significant clinical benefit as measured by MDS-UPDRS III.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2121-2125
Number of pages5
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2023


  • deep brain stimulation
  • globus pallidus
  • multiple system atrophy
  • neuromodulation


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