Nucleus Accumbens Deep Brain Stimulation Decreases Ratings of Depression and Anxiety in Treatment-Re

Por: Eletroconvulsoterapia - IPAN (Instituto de Pesquisas Avançadas em Neuroestimulação)  25/11/2009
Palavras-chave: Depressão, Antidepressivo, Estimulação Magnética Transcraniana

Nucleus Accumbens Deep Brain Stimulation Decreases Ratings of Depression and Anxiety in Treatment-Resistant Depression. Bewernick BH, Hurlemann R, Matusch A, Kayser S, Grubert C, Hadrysiewicz B, Axmacher N, Lemke M, Cooper-Mahkorn D, Cohen MX, Brockmann H, Lenartz D, Sturm V, Schlaepfer TE. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Nov 13.

BACKGROUND: While most patients with depression respond to combinations of pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), there are patients requiring other treatments. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) allows modulation of brain regions that are dysfunctional in depression. Since anhedonia is a feature of depression and there is evidence of dysfunction of the reward system, DBS to the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) might be promising. METHODS: Ten patients suffering from very resistant forms of depression (treatment-resistant depression [TRD]), not responding to pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, or ECT, were implanted with bilateral DBS electrodes in the NAcc. The mean (+/-SD) length of the current episode was 10.8 (+/-7.5) years; the number of past treatment courses was 20.8 (+/-8.4); and the mean Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) was 32.5 (+/-5.3). RESULTS: Twelve months following initiation of DBS treatment, five patients reached 50% reduction of the HDRS (responders, HDRS = 15.4 [+/-2.8]). The number of hedonic activities increased significantly. Interestingly, ratings of anxiety (Hamilton Anxiety Scale) were reduced in the whole group but more pronounced in the responders. The [18F]-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography data revealed that NAcc-DBS decreased metabolism in the subgenual cingulate and in prefrontal regions including orbital prefrontal cortex. A volume of interest analysis comparing responders and nonresponders identified metabolic decreases in the amygdala.

Palavras-chave: Antidepressivo, Depressão, EMTr, Estimulação Magnética Transcraniana

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