Effect of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation on driving in Parkinson disease

Carsten BuhmannWolfgang H Zangemeister


To examine the influence of subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) on driving in patients with Parkinson disease (PD). Using a driving simulator setup proven to reflect on-road driving, 2 main analyses were performed: 1) comparison of driving performance among 23 patients with deep brain surgery (DBS patients), 21 patients without surgery (no-DBS patients), and 21 controls; and 2) analysis of the effect of stimulation vs levodopa on driving performance. To this end, 3 tests were run in the medicated DBS patient cohort, with 3 different conditions: "stimulation on" (STIM) (equated to daily treatment), "stimulation off" (OFF), and "stimulation off/levodopa" (LD) (dosage aimed at maintaining motor status). Differences in driving times and errors among conditions were analyzed. Age and cognitive deficits influenced driving performance negatively. The no-DBS patient group performed worse in driving time and driving errors than controls. DBS patients drove slower than controls and no-DBS patients. Driving safety was comparable to controls but higher than in no-DBS patients. Within the DBS patient group, driving was more accurate with STIM than with LD, although motor effects did not differ. Driving with STIM, but not ...Continue Reading


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Automobile Driving
Parkinson Disease
Structure of Subthalamic Nucleus
Electrical Stimulation of the Brain
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