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We assessed brain activation of nine normal right-handed volunteers in a positron emission tomography study designed to differentiate the functional anatomy of the two major components of auditory comprehension of language, namely phonological versus lexico-semantic processing. The activation paradigm included three tasks. In the reference task, subjects(More)
We have measured with single-photon emission tomography the regional cerebral blood flow changes that occurred in the supplementary motor areas and in the primary sensory motor areas during sequential finger-to-thumb opposition movements of the right hand in seven akinetic patients with Parkinson's disease and in nine normal volunteers. Parkinsonian(More)
Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) changes in cortical motor areas were measured during a movement of the dominant right hand in 15 patients with Parkinson's disease deprived of their usual levodopa treatment, in 11 patients with Parkinson's disease undergoing long-term treatment with levodopa, and in 15 normal volunteers. The supplementary motor areas(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence of orthostatic hypotension and the nature of the postural events related to a fall in blood pressure in patients with Parkinson's disease. METHODS Blood pressure was measured first in a supine position after a rest of at least 15 minutes and every minute during 10 minutes of an active standing up procedure.(More)
Quantitated automated electro-oculographic data from 45 parkinsonian patients were compared with those from 30 normal control subjects. Patients were selected with idiopathic Parkinson's disease without other associated neurological disease or dementia; 20 had never received antiparkinsonian drugs and in 25 such treatment had been stopped for at least 2(More)
This pilot study was performed to compare the occurrence of long term motor complications in Parkinson's disease when the introduction of levodopa was delayed by an initial treatment with high doses of bromocriptine alone. The trial was a prospective randomised controlled study comparing 31 previously untreated patients with Parkinson's disease initially(More)
In 9 patients with progressive supranuclear palsy and in 27 controls, dopamine and homovanillic acid concentrations, choline acetyltransferase (CAT) activity, and the number of [3H]spiperone and [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate binding sites were measured post mortem in the striatum (caudate nucleus, putamen, and nucleus accumbens), substantia innominata, and(More)
Cognitive, haemodynamic and EEG lateral asymmetries have been quantified in 20 patients with Primary Degenerative Dementia (PDD) and in 20 age-matched normal volunteers. Normalized asymmetry scores were calculated from the data obtained with a test battery, with SPECT and with quantitative EEG. Significant correlations were found between cognitive,(More)
We measured, using single photon emission computed tomography, the regional CBF (rCBF) changes in the motor areas of 24 right-handed normal volunteers during the performance of a motor task consisting of sequential finger-to-thumb opposition. Twelve of them performed the task with their right and their left hands consecutively with a fast frequency and(More)
The frequency of square wave jerks (SWJ) was compared in eight patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), 25 patients with multiple system atrophy or Parkinson's disease plus (MSA/PP), 85 patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and 20 age-matched normal volunteers. In the control group, the mean (SD) SWJ frequency (SWJ larger than 1(More)