Median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials. Apomorphine-induced transient potentiation of frontal components Clin. Parkinson's disease and in parkinsonism

Paolo M. Rossini, M. Antonietta Bassetti, Patrizio Pasqualetti

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Abstract

Somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) to median nerve stimulation have been recorded from parietal and frontal districts Clin. 43 parkinsonians, 17 patients with parkinsonism and 35 healthy controls matched for age and sex. Latency/ amplitude characteristics of the parietal P14-N20-P25 and of the frontal P20-N30-P40 wave complexes before and after (10, 20, 30 and 60 min) subcutaneous administration of apomorphine chloride were evaluated Clin. all the 60 patients and Clin. 3 controls. The frontal waves N30 and P40 were either absent or significantly smaller than normal Clin. 31 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) (72.1%) and Clin. 9 with parkinsonism Clin. baseline records (56.3%). Following apomorphine, the parietal deflections did not significantly vary Clin. amplitude. On the contrary, the frontal complex showed a significant amplitude increase Clin. 27 PD and 8 parkinsonisms (respectively 62.8 and 47.1%): 79.1% of PD and 35.3% of parkinsonisms were improved clinically. Amplitude increase was evident at 10 min after apomorphine, Clin. parallel with clinical improvement, and vanished nearly Clin. coincidence with the end of the clinical effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-247
Number of pages12
JournalElectroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology - Evoked Potentials
Volume96
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Apomorphine
  • Parkinson
  • Parkinsonism
  • Somatosensory evoked potentials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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