Can FDG-PET predict who is to rapidly convert to Alzheimer's disease?

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Neurology (Impact Factor: 8.29). 05/2003; 60(8):1374-7. DOI: 10.1212/01.WNL.0000055847.17752.E6
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Patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) were assessed, and a metabolic profile associated with conversion to AD at 18-month follow-up was sought. As compared with nonconverters (n = 10), converters (n = 7) had lower fluorodeoxyglucose uptake in the right temporoparietal cortex (p = 0.02, corrected for cluster size), without individual overlap. Awaiting replication in an independent sample, these findings suggest that among patients with MCI, fluorodeoxyglucose PET may accurately identify rapid converters.

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    • "The functional activity of the brain is known to be altered in diseases, even when at rest. It has therefore been subject to several studies through which the functional alterations of memory systems were observed notably in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (Chételat et al. 2003b) and AD (Desgranges et al. 1998, 2002; Eustache et al. 2004; Rauchs et al. 2007). In fact, the success of PET in studying brain networks at rest has led to the application of that principle to the now ever-growing concept of resting state functional MRI (RS-fMRI). "
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    • "To increase diagnostic reliability in early phases of the disease process and make statistically informed decisions about metabolic abnormalities associated with dementia, it is important to increase normalization accuracy in order to reduce random effects due to noise present in individual images, which is especially prevalent in PET (Markiewicz et al. 2009). Our group analyses revealed higher statistical sensitivity with normalization to the [ 18 F]-FDG PET dementia-specific template, in relation to the existing [ 15 O]- H2O normalization procedure (see Figure 5) in areas with typically decreased glucose metabolism in AD (Herholz et al. 2002; Teune et al. 2010; Chételat et al. 2003), bvFTD (Teune et al. 2010; Salmon et al. 2003) and DLB (Teune et al. 2010; Minoshima et al. 2001). With respect to the DLB group, occipital hypometabolism has been shown to be a specific topographical marker of this dementia subtype (Minoshima et al. 2001); associated with DLB-specific clinical symptoms, such as visual hallucinations (Mori et al. 2006) that play a key role in the differential diagnosis with respect to AD (McKeith et al. 2005). "
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    • "Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, and is associated with accumulation of amyloid-b, tau, and progressive brain atrophy (Blennow et al., 2006). Early in the development of Alzheimer's disease, brain function in specific regions is reduced, as reflected by regionally reduced glucose metabolism (Friedland et al., 1983, 1989; Reiman et al., 1996; Silverman et al., 2001; Ché telat et al., 2003; Mosconi et al., 2005, 2008) and cerebral blood flow (CBF) (Johnson et al., 1987; Ishii et al., 1997) measured by PET. Moreover, brain accumulation of amyloid-b is associated with both brain atrophy and CBF changes, as detected by 15 O-H 2 O PET in cognitively healthy controls (Sojkova et al., 2008). "
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