Psychiatric status after human fetal mesencephalic tissue transplantation in Parkinson's disease

Lawrence H. Price, Dennis D. Spencer, Kenneth L. Marek, Richard J. Robbins, Csaba Leranth, Anita Farhi, Frederick Naftolin, Robert H. Roth, Benjamin S. Bunney, Paul B. Hoffer, Robert Makuch, D. Eugene Redmond

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This report describes the prospective and systematic psychiatric assessment of nine patients who received transplantation of human fetal mesencephalic tissue into the caudate nucleus for treatment of Parkinson's disease. Unlike adrenal medullary transplantation, which often causes psychosis or delirium, this procedure appeared to have few perioperative sequelae. On longer-term follow-up, there was some statistical evidence of deterioration in psychiatric status, as manifested primarily in depressive and nonspecific emotional and behavioral symptoms. This group effect was partly attributable to the occurrence of discrete episodes of illness (major depression and panic disorder with agoraphobia) in some patients, but it was unclear whether such episodes occurred more often than would ordinarily be expected in Parkinson's disease. Differences in the neurobiological effects of fetal mesencephalic and adrenal medullary grafts may account for differences in the psychiatric sequelae of patients receiving these procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-505
Number of pages8
JournalBiological Psychiatry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 15 1995


  • depression
  • Neural transplantation
  • Parkinson's disease
  • psychosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biological Psychiatry


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