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Motor impairment in liver cirrhosis without and with minimal hepatic encephalopathy.
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PMID:  20003084     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
AIM: Manifest hepatic encephalopathy (HE) goes along with motor symptoms such as ataxia, mini-asterixis, and asterixis. The relevance of motor impairments in cirrhotics without and with minimal HE (mHE) is still a matter of debate. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We tested three different groups of patients with liver cirrhosis: no signs of HE (HE 0), mHE, and manifest HE grade 1 according to the West Haven criteria (HE 1). All patients (n = 24) and 11 healthy control subjects were neuropsychometrically tested including critical flicker frequency (CFF), a reliable measure for HE. Motor abilities were assessed using Fahn Tremor Scale and International Ataxia Rating Scale. Fastest alternating index finger movements were analyzed for frequency and amplitude. RESULTS: Statistical analyses showed an effect of HE grade on tremor and ataxia (P < 0.01). Additionally, both ratings yielded strong negative correlation with CFF (P < 0.01, R = -0.5). Analysis of finger movements revealed an effect of HE grade on movement frequency (P < 0.03). Moreover, decreasing movement frequency and increasing movement amplitude parallel decreasing CFF (P < 0.01, R = 0.6). CONCLUSION: Our results indicate that ataxia, tremor, and slowing of finger movements are early markers for cerebral dysfunction in HE patients even prior to neuropsychometric alterations becoming detectable.
M Butz; L Timmermann; M Braun; S J Groiss; L Wojtecki; S Ostrowski; H Krause; B Pollok; J Gross; M Südmeyer; G Kircheis; D Häussinger; A Schnitzler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-12-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Scandinavica     Volume:  122     ISSN:  1600-0404     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol. Scand.     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370336     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Scand     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. <>
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