Petra Ruprecht-Dörfler

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BACKGROUND Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) exhibit an increased echogenicity of the substantia nigra (SN) on transcranial sonography. Some healthy adults with the same echo characteristics showed a reduced 18fluorodopa uptake on PET, indicating a subclinical alteration of the nigrostriatal system. OBJECTIVES To determine whether the sonographic(More)
Hyperechogenicity of the substantia nigra (SN) detected by transcranial sonography is a typical finding in more than 90% of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) but may also be visible in about 9% of healthy adults. In this study, we found a correlation between SN hyperechogenicity and subtle motor dysfunction in otherwise healthy young tap dancers. In(More)
Increased echogenicity of the substantia nigra (SN) on ultrasound is a typical sonographic finding in Parkinson's disease (PD). Sonographic signal intensity of the SN is related to tissue iron content with higher iron level being associated with increased echogenicity. Recent findings indicate that hyperechogenicity of the SN represents an important(More)
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