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Evaluation of transcranial sonographic findings and MIBG cardiac scintigraphy in the diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease.
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PMID:  23880025     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) is based on clinical criteria. In the last two decades several neuroimaging methods using transcranial sonography (TCS) or radiolabelled tracers such as the myocardial MIBG scintigraphy were applied to support diagnosis of IPD. They have been used independently of each other and their interrelation is not yet clear. In the present study we analyzed the relation between findings of TCS, MIBG scintigraphy, and clinical presentation in 42 patients with IPD who were clinically diagnosed and underwent clinical follow-up over ≥3 years in order to confirm IPD diagnosis throughout the clinical course. The extent of substantia nigra hyperechogenicity (SN+) contralateral to the clinically more affected body side (SNcontra) was compared to myocardial (123)I-MIBG uptake. SNcontra did not correlate with the myocardial MIBG uptake (r = -0.10; p = 0.52). Both myocardial MIBG uptake and TCS did not correlate significantly with Hoehn and Yahr stage (r = -0.03; p = 0.87 and r = -0.10; p = 0.54, respectively). Sensitivity of TCS in the diagnosis of IPD was 79%, of MIBG scintigraphy 81%. The combination of both measurements reached a sensitivity of 95%. TCS and MIBG scintigraphy may disclose complementary aspects of IPD. The combined use of both neuroimaging methods might improve the diagnostic sensitivity regarding IPD.
Stefanie Behnke; Dirk Hellwig; Jan Bürmann; Anne Runkel; Georgios Farmakis; Carl M Kirsch; Klaus Fassbender; Georg Becker; Ulrich Dillmann; Jörg Spiegel
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-7-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Parkinsonism & related disorders     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-5126     ISO Abbreviation:  Parkinsonism Relat. Disord.     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
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Created Date:  2013-7-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9513583     Medline TA:  Parkinsonism Relat Disord     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Neurology, Saarland University, Kirrberger Strasse, 66421 Homburg/Saar, Germany.
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