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OBJECTIVES The main neuropathological feature in Parkinson's disease is a severe degeneration of the dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra resulting in a loss of dopamine (DA) transporters in the striatum. [123I]beta-CIT single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) studies have demonstrated this loss of striatal DA transporter content in(More)
UNLABELLED Several SPECT studies reported decreased striatal 123I-N-omega-fluoropropyl-2beta-carbomethoxy-3beta-(4-iodoph enyl)nortropane ([123I]FP-CIT) binding in patients with Parkinson's disease. For application in routine clinical studies, information on the reliability and reproducibility of the [123I]FP-CIT SPECT technique is critical. This study(More)
Loss of striatal dopamine (DA) transporters in Parkinson's disease (PD) has been accurately assessed in vivo by single-photon emission tomography (SPET) studies using [123I]beta-CIT. However, these studies have also shown that adequate imaging of the striatal DA transporter content can be performed only 20-30 h following the injection of [123I]beta-CIT,(More)
The main neuropathological feature in Parkinson's disease (PD) is a severe degeneration of the dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra resulting in a loss of dopamine in the striatum. Recently, a new radioligand (beta-CIT) for single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) became available for in vivo imaging of the dopamine transporter on nerve(More)
Olfactory dysfunction is a common finding in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). As most studies reported on odor identification in more advanced and treated PD, we administered an odor detection, discrimination, and identification test to a heterogeneous, partly de novo, group of patients. Forty-one non-demented PD patients, 24 of whom had untreated(More)
Parkinsonism is a feature of a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy. The results of post-mortem studies point to dysfunction of the dopaminergic neurotransmitter system in patients with parkinsonism. Nowadays, by using single-photon emission tomography (SPET) and(More)
The reported prevalence of depression concomitant with Parkinson's disease varies greatly in the literature, which may partly be explained by symptom overlap. To determine the impact of symptom overlap on the prevalence, the authors tested 100 Parkinson's disease patients for major depression (DSM-III-R) with both a standard, inclusive method and a(More)
UNLABELLED The aims of this study were to investigate whether the loss of striatal dopamine transporters in early and drug-naive patients with Parkinson's disease could be demonstrated by means of 123I-N-omega-fluoropropyl-2beta-carbomethoxy-3beta-(4-iodoph enyl)tropane (123I-FP-CIT) SPECT in a 1-day protocol and whether the SPECT measures were correlated(More)
Ten healthy subjects and 16 patients with early Parkinson's disease (PD) were examined with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and [123I]beta-CIT, a ligand for the dopamine (DA) transporter. Only drug-naive patients were examined since the expression of and binding to DA transporters may be influenced by dopaminergic medication. The main(More)
In vivo studies using single-photon emission tomography (SPET) and positron emission tomography have shown an age-related decline in the number of striatal dopamine transporters in healthy subjects. We examined ten healthy subjects and 33 de novo patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) using [123I]2beta-carbomethoxy-3beta-(4-iodophenyl)tropane(More)