Arachnophobia alleviated by subthalamic nucleus stimulation for Parkinson’s disease

Niels Allert, Sabrina M. Gippert, Bastian E A Sajonz, Christoph Nelles, Bettina Bewernick, Thomas E. Schlaepfer, Volker A. Coenen

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Abstract

We report on a Parkinson patient with motor fluctuations and dyskinesias in whom deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) not only improved motor symptoms but also pre-existing arachnophobia. Arachnophobia had been unchanged by the course of Parkinson’s disease but rapidly improved with STN-DBS. Both, motor effects and the improvement of arachnophobia were stable during 2 years follow-up. To our knowledge this is the first report on STN stimulation effects on a specific phobia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-635
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neural Transmission
Volume123
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arachnophobia
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Medial forebrain bundle
  • Parkinson
  • Specific phobia
  • Subthalamic nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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