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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 111-113

Anesthetic management of deep brain stimulator implantation in Meige's syndrome

Department of Anaesthesia, Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India

Date of Web Publication31-Jan-2012

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Kalpesh V Bhoyar
Department of Anaesthesia, Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.92459

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Meige's syndrome is rare form of orofacial dystonia. There is unfortunately no cure, but occasionally patients may improve with time. We present the successful management of a palladial deep brain stimulator (DBS) implantation for Meige's syndrome. Dexmedetomidine infusion was used for sedation. The procedure lasted for around 12 h and the patient was comfortable, responsive, and cooperative over the extended period of time. The surgeons were comfortable with electrophysiologic brain mapping and clinical testing. DBS were implanted, through a burr hole, into the globus pallidus neurophysiological testing under guidance. The pulse generator battery was subcutaneously implanted into the chest wall under general anesthesia. The implanted pulse generator battery was started 2 days later and the patient showed dramatic improvement in his symptoms.

Keywords: Dexmedetomidine, deep brain stimulator, Meige

How to cite this article:
Bhoyar KV, Gujjar P, Shinde S, Kotak N. Anesthetic management of deep brain stimulator implantation in Meige's syndrome. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 2012;28:111-3

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Bhoyar KV, Gujjar P, Shinde S, Kotak N. Anesthetic management of deep brain stimulator implantation in Meige's syndrome. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 May 9];28:111-3. Available from:

  Introduction Top

Meige's syndrome is a rare type of oral facial dystonia. The main symptoms involve involuntary blinking and chin thrusting. Some patients may experience excessive tongue protrusion, squinting, muddled speech, or uncontrollable contraction of the platysma muscle. Implantationof deep brain stimulators (DBS) has been increasingly used forthe treatment of Parkinson's disease. [1],[2] The procedure includesmultiple steps: application of a stereotactic frame over thehead under radiology imaging, implantation of the stimulatorinto the brain through a burr hole, guided by neurophysiologicaltesting, and subcutaneous tunneling of the DBS wires. The demands of the procedure were challenging for anesthesiologist. The patient has to be comfortable, responsive over an extended period of time. We present a case of Meige's syndrome in which successful palladial DBS implantation was done.

  Case Report Top

A 60-kg, 54-year-old man presented with history of involuntary movement of perioral region, twitching of neck muscles and difficulty in swallowing since 3 years. There was also a history of difficulty in speech but no difficulty in breathing. Patient gives past history of some psychiatric illness for which he took treatment which was stopped 10 years back. There was no other significant history or history of any addiction. Patient was currently on oral tetrabenazine and clonazepine. Patient had received injections of botulinium for movement disorder. All investigations were within normal limits. On examination patient was conscious, cooperative, comfortable, and well oriented. Airway examination was normal.

The patient and his relatives were explained about the nature of the procedure and written informed consent was taken. He was explained about the need of cooperation during the procedure. No premedication was administered. The stereotacticrigid frame was applied to the patient's head under local infiltrationwith 0.25% bupivacaine with epinephrine 1:200,000 in the preoperativeholding area [Figure 1]. Patient was taken up for computed tomography(CT) localization for which no sedation was given to the patient. On arrival in the operating room, standardanesthesia monitoring was appliedand supplemental oxygen was provided using Hudson mask. Venous access was taken on left hand and intravenous (IV) infusion was started slowly. The rigid head-framehalo was anchored to the operating table in a position optimalfor surgical approach, as well as for patient comfort. Dexmedetomidine was given initially as a bolus of 1 mcg/kg (60 mcg) over 10 min, which was followed by continuous IV infusion @ 0.5 mcg/kg/h. The vitals were observed continuously and the dose adjusted, between 0.2 and 0.7 mcg/kg/h, after assessing the sedation level every 30 min. The sedation end-point was a comfortable and tranquil patient who responded to oral commands. Burr-hole was made after local infiltration with bupivacaine (0.25%) and lignocaine (1%). Thearea of interest, in the globus pallidus, was localized with microelectrode recordings (MER) throughthe burr-hole and micropotentials of movement-relatedneurons were recorded. DBS electrodes were implanted and after macrostimulation testing of clinical changes in intensity of perioral movement and twitching of neck, to verify correct placement. During MER localization and the clinical testing of implanted DBS electrode lead, dexmedetomidine infusion rate was lowered to 0.2 mcg/kg/h. The patient responded well to oral commands. After the completion of DBS electrodelead implantation and testing, the stereotactic frame was removed. Dexmedetomidine infusion was continued and the patient was given general anesthesia forsubcutaneous tunneling of the extension lead and implantationof the pulse generator subcutaneously into the chest wall. Generalanesthesia was induced with propofol 150 mg and endotracheal intubation was facilitated with muscle relaxant vecuronium 6 mg. Anesthesia was maintained with isofluraneand fentanyl 100 mcg. At the end of the procedure, the neuromuscular blockade was reversed with neostigmine and glycopyrrolate and trachea extubated.
Figure 1: Patient with stereotactic frame

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The procedure lasted for 12 h. Postoperatively patient was conscious, oriented, and stable. Diclofenac was given intramuscularly for postoperative analgesia. The implanted pulse generator battery was started 2 days later and within a week the patient showed dramatic improvement in his symptoms.

  Discussion Top

Meige's syndrome is a rare form of oral-facial dystonia and unfortunately is not treatable. Implantation of pallidal DBS for Meige's syndrome is practiced in refractory cases and the results are effective. There are major anesthetic challenges duringDBS implantations. An ideal anesthetic regimen for DBS implantationshould consider patient comfort, hemodynamic stability, andrespiratory sufficiency. In addition, the anesthetic goals inDBS implantation should include keeping the patient awake, cooperative,comfortable, and preserving the movement disorder for mapping purposes. Unfortunately, commonly used sedative drugs such as propofol and midazolam ameliorate tremor(or rigidity), involuntary movement, and interfere with brain mapping and testing ofthe implanted DBS electrode lead. Moreover, these medicationseasily impair the level of consciousness and may cause respiratorydepression leading to disastrous complications due to difficultywith access to the airway, which is constrained by the bulkymetal frame and the head fixed in a flexed position. Opioidsmay cause even more profound respiratory depression comparedto benzodiazepines.

The pharmacologic profile of the α-2 agonist dexmedetomidine makes it appealing to use for DBS implantations as it provides sedation,maintains hemodynamic stability (controls hypertension), andcauses minimal respiratory depression, even in large doses. [3] We kept the continuous infusion of dexmedetomidine between range of 0.2-0.7 mcg/kg/h throughout the procedure. During the making of the burr-hole, the infusion rate was kept at 0.7 mcg/kg/h to deepen the sedation. Patient tolerated the procedure well and did not need any analgesia except local anesthetic infiltration. During MER and clinical testing we lightened the sedation by reducing the infusion rate to 0.2 mcg/kg/h. The patient stayed comfortable and sedated and the surgeons were satisfied with the patient's cooperation during mapping. Dexmedetomidine did not ameliorate clinical signs of involuntary movements, as has been demonstrated earlier in a case series of DBS implantation in Parkinson's disease. [4]

Arterial hypertensionis a major risk factor for intracerebral hemorrhage in DBS implantations [5] and thus maintenance of blood pressure during procedure is important. The systolic blood pressure was less than 150 mmHg throughout the procedure demonstrating the hemodynamic stabilizing property of dexmedetomidine. [6] Heart rate was maintained between 50 and 60/min and no hemodynamic instability was noted. During the major part of the procedure, patient was breathing spontaneously and saturation was maintained.

The role of dexmedetomidine as an anesthetic adjuvant is established. [7],[8],[9] We conclude that it is an effective agent in managing cases for DBS implantation.

  References Top

1.Deep-brain stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Study Group. Deep-brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus of the pars interna of the globus pallidus in Parkinson's disease. N Engl J Med 2001;345:956-63.   Back to cited text no. 1
2.Binder DK, Rau GF, Starr PA. Risk factors for hemorrhage during microelectrode-guided deep brain stimulator implantation for movement disorders. Neurosurgery 2005;56:722-32.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Hsu Y-W, Cortinez LI, Robertson KM, Keifer JC, Sum-Ping ST, Moretti EW, et al. Dexmedetomidine pharmacodynamics. Anesthesiology 2004;101:1066-76.   Back to cited text no. 3
4.Rozet I, Muangman S, Vavilala MS, Lee LA, Souter MJ, Domino KJ, et al. Clinical experience with dexmedetomidine for implantation of deep brain stimulators in parkinson's disease. Anesth Analg 2006;103:1224-8.   Back to cited text no. 4
5.Gorgulho A, De Salles AAF, Frighetto L, Behnke E. Incidence of hemorrhage associated with electrophysiological studies performed using macroelectrodes and microelectrodes in functional neurosurgery. J Neurosurg 2005;102:888-96.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Maze M, Tranquilli W. Alpha 2 adrenergic agonist: Defining the role in clinical anesthesia. Anesthesiology 1991;74:581-605.   Back to cited text no. 6
7.Tanskanen PE, Kytta JV, Randell TT, Aantaa RE. Dexmedetomidine as an anaesthetic adjuvant in patients undergoing intracranial tumour surgery. Br J Anaesth 2006;97:658-65.  Back to cited text no. 7
8.Scheinin B, Lindgren L, Randell T, Schenin H, Schenin M. Dexmedetomidine attenuates sympathoadrenal responses to tracheal intubation and reduces the need for thiopentone and perioperative fentanyl. Br J Anaesth 1992;68:126-31.  Back to cited text no. 8
9.Salmenpera MT, Szlam F, Hug CC Jr. Anaesthetic and hemodynamic interaction of dexmedetomidine and fentanyl in dogs. Anesthesiology 1994;80:837-46.  Back to cited text no. 9


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