EEG changes are specifically associated with atrophy in amydala and hippocampus in subjects with mild cognitive impairment

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Abstract

We evaluated the association between amygdalo-hippocampal complex (AHC) atrophy and two EEG markers of cognitive decline: increase of theta/gamma and increase of alpha3/alpha2 relative power ratio. Seventy-nine subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) underwent EEG recording and MRI scan. Three groups of AHC growing atrophy were obtained. The groups were characterized by the performance to cognitive tests and theta/gamma and alpha3/alpha2 relative power ratio. AHC atrophy is associated with memory deficits as well as with increase of theta/gamma and alpha3/alpha2 ratio. Moreover, when the amygdalar and hippocampal volume are separately considered, within AHC, the increase of theta/gamma ratio is best associated with amygdalar atrophy whereas alpha3/alpha2 ratio is best associated with hippocampal atrophy. AHC atrophy is associated with memory deficits and EEG markers of cognitive decline. So far, these EEG markers could have a prospective value in differential diagnosis between MCI who will convert in in Alzheimer's disease (AD), MCI converting in non-AD dementias and MCI non-converters. The alterations of the functional connections, inducing global network pathological changes, in the whole AHC could better explain MCI state.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Alzheimer's Disease
Pages379-389
Number of pages11
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Alzheimer's Disease
Volume2
ISSN (Print)22105727
ISSN (Electronic)22105735

Keywords

  • amygdalo-hippocampal complex
  • cognitive tests
  • electroencephalography
  • gamma rhythm
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • theta rhythm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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