Neuronal loss in the basal nucleus of Meynert in a patient with olivopontocerebellar atrophy

F. Tagliavini, G. Pilleri

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A morphometric study of the basal nucleus of Meynert has been performed in a case of familial olivopontocerebellar atrophy with mental deterioration. The magnocellular population of the basal nucleus found to be substantially reduced in number (over 60%) as compared with that of three agematched controls. This finding has not been reported previously and might represent one of the antomic substrates of some of the cognitive disturbances exhibited by a considerable number of patients with olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalActa Neuropathologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1985



  • Basal nucleus of Meynert (bn. M)
  • Neuropathology
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA)
  • Subcortical dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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