What Features Improve the Accuracy of the Clinical Diagnosis of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy-parkinsonism (PSP-P)?
ABSTRACT Progressive supranuclear palsy-parkinsonism (PSP-P) is a primary tauopathy characterised by neurofibrillary degeneration, which is frequently mistaken for Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and vascular parkinsonism (VP) at presentation. The aim of this study was to identify particular clinical features (green flags) that may be helpful in differentiating PSP-P from these other disorders. We identified 37 patients with PSP-P from 726 patients archived at the Queen Square Brain Bank. Using a retrospective case notes review the clinical features were compared between the PSP-P group and Lewy body associated parkinsonism (PD, n = 444 and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), n = 46), MSA (n = 90), and VP (n = 19), using the χ2-test for proportions for a two-by-two contingency table. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive values (PPV) and negative predictive values (NPV) were calculated for individual clinical features. A specificity of >0.85 or a PPV of >0.85 were considered reliable discriminators. No clinical features were predictive of PSP-P, but late drug induced dyskinesias (specificity 0.92, PPV 0.99), late autonomic dysfunction (specificity 0.94, PPV 0.99) and any visual hallucinations (specificity 0.94, PPV 0.99) were better in distinguishing PD and PSP-P than predicted using operational diagnostic criteria for PD. PSP-P shares many clinical features with PD and DLB, MSA and VP, but visual hallucinations, drug induced dyskinesias and autonomic dysfunction are very uncommon and may be helpful exclusion criteria. © 2010 Movement Disorder Society
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Atypical parkinsonian syndromes are currently divided into two groups based on their pathological appearance: synucleinopathies and tauopathies. Based on recent clinico-pathological studies it is increasingly clear, that some pathological characteristics are shared by both groups. STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe two pathologically proven cases of tauopathy manifesting in vivo in two typical synucleinopathy phenotypes: multiple system atrophy and dementia with Lewy bodies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: There were 67-year-old woman with a phenotype of multiple system atrophy and a 70-year-old man with a phenotype of dementia with Lewy bodies. The clinical diagnosis was based on the commonly used clinical diagnostic criteria. A detailed neuropathological examination of the brain was conducted post-mortem in both cases. RESULTS: The overall pathological picture corresponded with a rare combination of two neurodegenerative entities: 4R tauopathy (meeting the diagnostic criteria for typical progressive supranuclear palsy) and neocortical stage of Alzheimer's disease. CONCLUSION: The interesting feature in both our cases was the presence of dual pathology: diffuse tauopathy and Alzheimer's pathology. We believe, that our two unique cases should serve as an evidence that tauopathies such as CBS and PSP might mimic practically anything from the family of atypical parkinsonian syndromes, particularly when another concomitant neurodegenerative disease is present.Journal of the neurological sciences 04/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.jns.2013.03.008 · 2.26 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Patients with corticobasal degeneration can present with several different clinical syndromes, making ante-mortem diagnosis a challenge. Corticobasal syndrome is the clinical phenotype originally described for corticobasal degeneration, characterized by asymmetric rigidity and apraxia, cortical sensory deficits, dystonia and myoclonus. Some patients do not develop these features, but instead have clinical features consistent with the Richardson syndrome presentation of progressive supranuclear palsy, characterized by postural instability, early unexplained falls, vertical supranuclear gaze palsy, symmetric motor disability and dysphagia. The aim of this study was to identify differences in corticobasal degeneration presenting with corticobasal syndrome (n = 11) or Richardson syndrome (n = 15) with respect to demographic, clinical and neuropathological features. Corticobasal degeneration cases were also compared with patients with pathologically proven progressive supranuclear palsy with Richardson syndrome (n = 15). Cases with corticobasal degeneration, regardless of presentation, shared histopathological and tau biochemical characteristics, but they had differing densities of tau pathology in neuroanatomical regions that correlated with their clinical presentation. In particular, those with corticobasal syndrome had greater tau pathology in the primary motor and somatosensory cortices and putamen, while those with Richardson syndrome had greater tau pathology in limbic and hindbrain structures. Compared with progressive supranuclear palsy, patients with corticobasal degeneration and Richardson syndrome had less neuronal loss in the subthalamic nucleus, but more severe neuronal loss in the medial substantia nigra and greater atrophy of the anterior corpus callosum. Clinically, they had more cognitive impairment and frontal behavioural dysfunction. The results suggest that Richardson syndrome can be a clinicopathological presentation of corticobasal degeneration. Atrophy of anterior corpus callosum may be a potential neuroimaging marker to differentiate corticobasal degeneration from progressive supranuclear palsy in patients with Richardson syndrome.Brain 09/2011; 134(Pt 11):3264-75. DOI:10.1093/brain/awr234 · 10.23 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by aggregates of the microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT). A nonsignificant trend for positive family history has been observed in two case-control studies and several pedigrees with familial clustering of parkinsonism have been described. Occasionally, mutations in MAPT are found in patients with a clinical phenotype similar to PSP. In this case-control study, we compared the occurrence of dementia and parkinsonism among first-degree relatives of patients with PSP with an age- and sex-matched control group. Family history of dementia and parkinsonism was collected from all first-degree relatives of patients with PSP who fulfilled the international National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke criteria for PSP. Age- and sex-matched controls were selected from the Rotterdam Study. Genetic testing and pathologic examination was performed in a subset of familial PSP cases. Fifty-seven (33%) of the 172 patients with PSP had at least one first-degree relative who had dementia or parkinsonism compared to 131 (25%) of the control subjects (odds ratio [OR] 1.5, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.01-2.13). In patients with PSP, more first-degree relatives with parkinsonism were observed compared to controls, with an OR 3.9 (95% CI 1.99-7.61). Twelve patients with PSP (7%) fulfilled the criteria for an autosomal dominant mode of transmission. The intrafamilial phenotype within these pedigrees varied among PSP, dementia, tremor, and parkinsonism. Genetic studies revealed one patient with a P301L mutation in MAPT. Pathologic examination of five familial cases confirmed the clinical diagnosis of PSP, with predominant four repeat tau pathology in affected brain areas. This study demonstrates familial aggregation of parkinsonism in progressive supranuclear palsy.Neurology 06/2009; 73(2):98-105. DOI:10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181a92bcc · 8.30 Impact Factor