Marc-Andre Levasseur

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Using quantitative PET, the authors studied the binding of [11C]PK11195, a marker of activated microglia, in the thalamus of patients with chronic middle cerebral artery infarcts. All patients showed increased [11C]PK11195 binding in the ipsilateral thalamus, indicating the activation of microglia in degenerating projection areas remote from the primary(More)
Eight patients are reported who shared the combination of bilateral basal ganglia lesions and a frontal lobe-like syndrome. The main features were inertia and loss of drive, with preservation of intellectual function. Some patients showed stereotyped activities with compulsive and obsessive behaviour which were sometimes highly elaborate in pattern.(More)
To investigate further the relations between cortical energy metabolism and neuropsychological impairment after unilateral thalamic lesion, 55 patients underwent positron emission tomography studies of either cortical oxygen consumption or glucose utilisation, including eight repeat studies, at times ranging from 4 days to 98 months after the onset of the(More)
Using position emission tomography (PET) and equilibrium imaging with oxygen-15 labelled gases, the cerebral blood flow (CBF), blood volume (CBV), oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) and oxygen consumption rate (CMRO2) were measured in multiple regions of interest over the cerebral cortex of 5 control subjects, 4 patients with strictly unilateral longstanding(More)
We used positron emission tomography to study the cortical and cerebellar metabolic rates in 21 strictly selected patients with pure internal capsular infarct (n = 8), thalamocapsular hemorrhage (n = 6), or pure thalamic stroke (n = 7). Significant diffuse ipsilateral cortical hypometabolism relative to 62 controls free of cerebrovascular risk factors was(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) studies of the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2) were performed in seven consecutive patients with bilateral paramedian thalamic infarcts (BPTI), selected on neuroradiological and clinical criteria. The latter consisted of sudden onset of coma or confusion followed by a persistent amnesia of varying severity, with(More)
Four right-handed patients (69, 58 and 68 year-old men; 85 year-old woman) complained of motor difficulties with their left hand (3 cases), or both hands predominant on the left side (1 case). Continuous (1 case) or intermittent (2 cases) myoclonus was noted in the left arm. These disorders gradually progressed for 3 to 10 years. Clinical examination(More)
We describe a patient with a complex neuropsychiatric disorder who presented a severe and diffuse cerebral glucose hypometabolism on (18)F-FDG PET initially which, in the clinical setting, was suspicious of an advanced neurodegenerative disease. Further evaluation suggested a major depressive episode with agitation and poor response to medication.(More)
In 8 patients with small unilateral posterolateral thalamic (or, in one case, thalamocapsular) stroke (infarction or hemorrhage) selected on strict clinical (pure hemisomatosensory deficit without hemiparesis, visual field defect or neuropsychological impairment) and MRI criteria, we studied cortical energy metabolism using positron emission tomography with(More)
We assessed the potential use of [123I]iodolisuride (ILIS), a new iodine ergolene derivative, to study human striatal D2 dopamine receptors with SPECT. In normal subjects, we found that the tracer accumulated preferentially in striatum. This was prevented by high doses of haloperidol. The striatal accumulation was maximal between 60 and 180 min after(More)