Conversion of mild cognitive impairment patients in Alzheimer's disease: Prognostic value of Alpha3/Alpha2 electroencephalographic rhythms power ratio

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Abstract

Introduction: The increase in electroencephalogram (EEG) alpha3/alpha2 frequency power ratio has been demonstrated as a biomarker characteristic of subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who will develop Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods: Seventy-four adult subjects with MCI underwent clinical and neuropsychological evaluation, EEG recording, and high-resolution 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This group has been evaluated after a three years follow-up. Twenty-seven of these subjects underwent perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) evaluation also. Increasing alpha3/alpha2 power ratio, was computed for each subject. Differences in EEG markers, cortical thickness, brain perfusion among the groups were estimated. Results: In the higher alpha3/alpha2 frequency power ratio group, greater memory impairment was correlated with greater cortical atrophy and lower perfusional rate in the temporo-parietal cortex. After a follow-up of three years, these patients converted in AD. Conclusion: High EEG upper/low alpha power ratio was associated with cortical thinning and lower perfusion in the temporo-parietal lobe. Moreover, atrophy and lower perfusion rate were both significantly correlated with memory impairment in MCI subjects. The increase of EEG upper/low alpha frequency power ratio could be useful for identifying individuals at risk for progression to AD dementia and may be of value in the clinical context.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAlzheimer's Research and Therapy
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 29 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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