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Cardiac innervation and clinical correlates in idiopathic Parkinson's disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12612467     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We evaluated the cardiac innervation status of patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD), in order to recognize cardiac dysautonomia at an early clinical stage, using I- -iodobenzylguanidine ( I-MIBG) scintigraphy and its relation to other clinical and laboratory parameters. Fourteen patients with IPD at Hoehn-Yahr stage I and 11 age-matched controls were studied. Patients were scored according to the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) in aspects of daily life activities, cognitive and emotional status and motor examination. All patients underwent 5 min electrocardiographic recordings in order to assess the heart rate variability. Planar I-MIBG studies at 15 min and 3 h after intravenous injection of 185 MBq were performed. Heart-to-mediastinum (H/M) ratios were calculated. Plasma catecholamine levels were also evaluated. The mean H/M ratios in patients and controls were 1.84+/-0.40 and 2.35+/-0.29, respectively (P <0.05). Although the mean plasma adrenaline and noradrenaline levels were in the normal range, a weak inverse correlation existed between the noradrenaline levels and late I-MIBG H/M ratios (r =-0.442), which was not statistically significant. There were no correlations between the other parameters. Eight patients had normal electrocardiography, whereas four had findings of autonomic imbalance. In conclusion, cardiac dysautonomia is common and seems to occur independent of the clinical stage and symptoms in patients with IPD. I-MIBG scintigraphy is a powerful tool in its assessment.
C Akincioglu; M Unlu; T Tunc
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nuclear medicine communications     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0143-3636     ISO Abbreviation:  Nucl Med Commun     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-03     Completed Date:  2003-10-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8201017     Medline TA:  Nucl Med Commun     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  267-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Uludağ University Medical Faculty, Nuclear Medicine Department, Bursa, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
3-Iodobenzylguanidine / diagnostic use
Activities of Daily Living
Heart Conduction System / physiopathology*,  radionuclide imaging*
Heart Rate
Middle Aged
Parkinson Disease / physiopathology*,  radionuclide imaging*
Radiopharmaceuticals / diagnostic use
Reference Values
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Radiopharmaceuticals; 77679-27-7/3-Iodobenzylguanidine

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