Clinical Autonomic Research

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 164–166 | Cite as

Research highlights from the literature

  • Vaughan G. MacefieldEmail author


Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus has been used successfully to treat tremor in Parkinson’s disease, and more recently stimulation within the subgenual anterior cingulate has been used to treat intractable depression. While there have been some reports of deep brain stimulation affecting the autonomic nervous system, its use in alleviating the debilitating pain of headaches has a firm neurobiological basis. Stimulation within the posterior inferior hypothalamus is believed to act by modulation of pain transmission within the trigeminal nucleus.


deep brain stimulation headache pain posterior hypothalamus subthalamic nucleus trigeminal autonomic cephalgias 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of Western SydneyPenrith South DCAustralia

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