Depression: a role for neurosurgery?
by
Malhi GS, Bartlett JR
Mood Disorders Unit,
University Department of Psychiatry,
Prince of Wales Hospital,
High Street, Randwick,
Sydney, NSW 2031,
Australia.
g.malhi@unsw.edu.au
Br J Neurosurg 2000 Oct;14(5):415-22; discussion 423


ABSTRACT

After providing an overview of depression this article briefly reviews the development of psychosurgery and outlines the current procedures in use world wide. Stereotactic subcaudate tractotomy (SST) is described in particular detail, and the rationale for its use in the treatment of resistant depression is then discussed by considering the findings of neuropsychological, neurophysiological and neuroimaging studies. The emerging evidence suggests that the prefrontal cortex subserves an essential function in emotion and that disruption of its connections modifies mood.
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Antidepressants
Tranylcypromine
Atypical depression
Retarded depression
The monoamine hypothesis
Stereotactic subcaudate tractomy

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