Jun 3, 2008

Neural Stimulation Successfully Treats Depression in Patients With Prior Ablative Cingulotomy

A clinical case conference in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Nejmat et al.
Figure 1From the abstract:
In this article, we describe the case of a patient who, under the direction of a multidisciplinary case committee, underwent both an ablative cingulotomy and subsequent bilateral deep brain stimulation placement in the Cg25 area. Review of this case provides a means of comparing the two techniques and of illustrating what we feel are some important advantages to using stimulation in the treatment of major depression. This report also provides potential insight into common and unique mechanisms mediating the two procedures.