Deep Brain Recordings Using an Implanted Pulse Generator in Parkinson's Disease.
Neumann W-J., Staub F., Horn A., Schanda J., Mueller J., Schneider G-H., Brown P., Kühn AA.
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies suggest that oscillatory beta activity could be used as a state biomarker in patients with Parkinson's disease for subthalamic closed-loop stimulation with the intention of improving clinical benefit. Here we investigate the feasibility of subthalamic recordings via a novel chronically implanted pulse generator. METHODS: Subthalamic local field potential recordings were obtained from eight patients before and during deep brain stimulation (DBS). All data were analyzed in the frequency domain using Fourier transform-based methods and compared between ON and OFF stimulation conditions. RESULTS: Distinct peaks of oscillatory beta band activity were found in 12 of 15 electrodes. DBS induced a significant frequency specific suppression of oscillatory beta activity (p = 0.002). CONCLUSION: The results of the study suggest that oscillatory beta band synchronization and its modulation by DBS is recordable with a system suitable for chronic implantation and may serve as a biomarker for subthalamic closed-loop stimulation in patients with Parkinson's disease.