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Diffusion tensor imaging reveals supplementary lesions to frontal white matter in Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus.
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PMID:  21336219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND:: Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (INPH) is associated with white matter lesions, but the extent and severity of the lesions do not cohere with symptoms or improvement after shunting, implying the presence of further, yet undisclosed, injuries to white matter in INPH. OBJECTIVE:: To apply diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to explore white matter lesions in patients with INPH before and after drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). METHODS:: Eighteen patients and ten controls were included. DTI was performed in a 1.5T MRI scanner before and after three-day drainage of 400 ml of CSF. Regions of interest included corpus callosum, capsula interna, frontal and lateral periventricular white matter, and centrum semiovale. White matter integrity was quantified by assessing fractional anisotropies (FA) and apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), comparing them between patients and controls and between patients before and after drainage. The significance level corresponded to 0.05 (Bonferroni corrected). RESULTS:: Decreased FA in patients was found in three regions (p<0.002, p<0.001 and p<0.0001) in anterior frontal white matter, whereas elevated ADC was found in genu corpus callosum (p<0.0001) and areas of centrum semiovale associated to the precentral gyri (p<0.002). Diffusion patterns in these areas did not change after drainage. CONCLUSION:: DTI reveals subtle injuries - interpreted as axonal loss and gliosis - to anterior frontal white matter where high-order motor systems between frontal cortex and basal ganglia travel, further supporting the notion that motor symptoms in INPH are caused by a chronic ischemia to the neuronal systems involved in the planning processes of movements.
Niklas Lenfeldt; Anne Larsson; Lars Nyberg; Richard Birgander; Anders Eklund; Jan Malm
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1524-4040     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-2-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7802914     Medline TA:  Neurosurgery     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Department of Clinical Neuroscience, 2Department of Radiation Sciences, 3Department of Integrative Medical Biology, 4Department of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics and 5Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Physics, Umeå University S-901 85 Umeå, SWEDEN.
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