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BACKGROUND The default-mode network (DMN) has been increasingly recognized as relevant to cognitive status. OBJECTIVES To explore DMN changes in patients with relapsing-remitting (RR) multiple sclerosis (MS) and to relate these to the cognitive status. METHODS Eighteen cognitively impaired (CI) and eighteen cognitively preserved (CP) RRMS patients and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate functional connectivity of the visual resting-state network (V-RSN) in normal-sighted relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients with and without previous optic neuritis (ON). METHODS Thirty normal-sighted RRMS patients, 16 without (nON-MS) and 14 with (ON-MS) previous ON, and 15 age- and sex-matched healthy controls(More)
To better understand the effects of short-term computer-based cognitive rehabilitation (cCR) on cognitive performances and default mode network (DMN) intrinsic functional connectivity (FC) in cognitively impaired relapsing remitting (RR) multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Eighteen cognitively impaired RRMS patients underwent neuropsychological evaluation by(More)
In this multicenter study, we performed a tractography-based parcellation of the thalamus and its white matter connections to investigate the relationship between thalamic connectivity abnormalities and cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis (MS). Dual-echo, morphological and diffusion tensor (DT) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans were collected(More)
Cognitive disorders occur in up to 65 % of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients; they have been correlated with different MRI measures of brain tissue damage, whole and regional brain atrophy. The hippocampal involvement has been poorly investigated in cognitively impaired (CI) MS patients. The objective of this study is to analyze and compare brain tissue(More)
BACKGROUND A functional cortico-subcortical disconnection has been recognized in fatigued multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Normal appearing white matter (NAWM) damage might contribute to the abovementioned disconnectivity. OBJECTIVES To assess the relationship between fatigue and microstructural NAWM damage in relapsing-remitting (RR) MS. METHODS Sixty(More)
In a multicenter setting, we applied voxel-based methods to different structural MR imaging modalities to define the relative contributions of focal lesions, normal-appearing white matter (NAWM), and gray matter (GM) damage and their regional distribution to cognitive deficits as well as impairment of specific cognitive domains in multiple sclerosis (MS)(More)
OBJECTIVE The aims of the present study were to examine psychometric properties of the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Y-1 and STAI-Y-2, respectively) in a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) population and to identify a cut-off score to detect those MS patients with high level of state and/or trait anxiety who could be more vulnerable to development of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in multiple sclerosis (MS). Self-report depression scales are frequently used as screening, diagnostic and grading instruments. This study investigated the psychometric properties of the Beck Depression Inventory second edition (BDI-II) for assessing depressive disorders in a sample(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can affect the visual system at all anatomical sites from the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) to the visual cortex. MS demyelinating lesions most commonly occur at the level of the optic nerve, causing acute episodes of optic neuritis (ON) (1). ON usually determines a moderate to severe visual impairment, followed by a complete or(More)
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