Bridging the Gap: Local Field Potentials Offer a Peek Into the Brain of a Person With Parkinson Disease

Gregory Brown, Sol De Jesus

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Clinically available deep brain recordings in patients with Parkinson disease (PD) offer insights into disease mechanisms and create a pathway for personalized treatment strategies. This case illustrates the transformative potential of recordings of neuronal firing in the form of local field potentials (LFPs) by detailing a patient's clinical trajectory for 6 months after deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to treat their PD symptoms. LFPs, obtained easily in clinic with a tablet interface to measure and track brain rhythms across the disease course, enriched the patient's clinical picture. Specifically, strong beta peaks were captured at initial programming, and, as the beta peaks diminished over the course of optimizing settings, symptoms improved. These signals may also reveal insights into the neural dynamics of PD such as hypersynchrony in basal ganglia circuitry. Furthermore, the ability to record chronically may unlock new understanding of neuronal dysfunction in PD, possibly enabling future adaptive DBS. In conclusion, identification, tracking, and modulation of LFPs correlated with subjective and objective clinical improvement in the case presented. The use of neurophysiologic signals in the future may lead to therapeutic innovations for our patients with PD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e209283
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 23 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology

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