Selective stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson’s disease: dream or near future

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Patients suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease are treated with deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus. In addition to favourable effects on movement some patients experience behavioural side effects. The aim of this doctoral research was to attempt to stimulate only the part of the subthalamic nucleus responsible for motor functions. Although the study showed that the motor area could not be strictly divided from non-motor areas, rapid technological progress will allow deep brain stimulation to be further sophisticated, which will lead to a better treatment for patients.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Temel, Yasin, Supervisor
  • Visser - Vandewalle, Veerle, Supervisor
  • Benazzouz, A., Supervisor, External person
Award date13 May 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461594358
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Parkinson's disease
  • deep brain stimulation

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