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Brain Res Bull. 2000 Aug;52(6):589-95.

Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy of patients with parkinsonism.

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Department of Neurology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan. abe@neuro1.med.osaka-u.ac.jp

Abstract

We studied cerebral metabolism in 82 patients with nonfamilial parkinsonism, including Parkinson's disease (PD; n = 23), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP; n = 12), corticobasal degeneration (CBD; n = 19), multiple systemic atrophy (MSA; n = 18) and vascular parkinsonism (VP; n = 10) by using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS), which allowed noninvasive measurement of signal intensities from N-acetylasparate (NAA), choline-containing compounds (CHO) and creatine plus phosphocreatine (CRE). As compared to normal controls, patients with PSP, CBD, MSA and VP, but not PD, had significant reduction of the NAA/CRE ratio in the frontal cortex, whereas patients with PSP, CBD, MSA and PD, but not VP, had significant reduction of the NAA/CRE ratio in the putamen. Patients with CBD had significant reduction of the NAA/CRE ratio in the frontal cortex and putamen as compared to patients with PD, MSA and VP. Patients with PSP showed a significant reduction of the NAA/CRE ratio in the putamen as compared with patients with PD and MSA. Patients with CBD showed clear asymmetry in the putamen as compared to controls and other patients. The reduction of the NAA/CRE ratio in the putamen correlated well with the severity of parkinsonism. (1)H-MRS may be useful in monitoring patients with various types of parkinsonism.

PMID:
10974501
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