Tracking brain damage in progressive supranuclear palsy: A longitudinal MRI study

Federica Agosta, Francesca Caso, Milica Ječmenica-Lukić, Igor N. Petrović, Paola Valsasina, Alessandro Meani, Massimiliano Copetti, Vladimir S. Kostić, Massimo Filippi

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Objectives: In this prospective, longitudinal, multiparametric MRI study, we investigated clinical as well as brain grey matter and white matter (WM) regional changes in patients with progressive supranuclear palsy-Richardson's syndrome (PSP-RS). Methods: Twenty-one patients with PSP-RS were evaluated at baseline relative to 36 healthy controls and after a mean follow-up of 1.4 years with clinical rating scales, neuropsychological tests and MRI scans. Results: Relative to controls, patients with PSP-RS showed at baseline a typical pattern of brain damage, including midbrain atrophy, frontal cortical thinning and widespread WM involvement of the main infratentorial and supratentorial tracts that exceeded cortical damage. Longitudinal study showed that PSP-RS exhibited no further changes in cortical thinning, which remained relatively focal, while midbrain atrophy and WM damage significantly progressed. Corpus callosum and frontal WM tract changes correlated with the progression of both disease severity and behavioural dysfunction. Conclusions: This study demonstrated the feasibility of carrying out longitudinal diffusion tensor MRI in patients with PSP-RS and its sensitivity to identifying the progression of pathology. Longitudinal midbrain volume loss and WM changes are associated with PSP disease course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-701
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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