Autotransplantation of superior cervical ganglion to the caudate nucleus in three patients with Parkinson's disease (preliminary report)

Miklos Horvath, Emil Pasztor, Miklos Palkovits, Andras Solyom, Miklos Tarczy, Norbert Lekka, Endre Csanda

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Striatal cervical ganglionic implants have been utilized for the first time for treatment of three patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. Tissue grafts from the superior cervical ganglion have been dissected and immediately transplanted into the head of the caudate nucleus. The grafted tissue placed in a cavity of the caudate nucleus remains in contact with the cerebrospinal fluid in the lateral ventricle. Three and six months after surgery, none of the patients has had any major complications and their lower score of Unified Parkinsonism Rating Scale (UPRS) points was associated with an improvement of the signs of Parkinson's disease. Present data have provided some optimism that grafting of superior cervical ganglion is a feasible approach in Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-122
Number of pages4
JournalNeurosurgical Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 1990



  • Autotransplantation
  • Parkinson's disease
  • caudate nucleus
  • cervical superior ganglion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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