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Cerebral microbleeds in patients with Parkinson's disease.

 Jee Hyun Ham  ;  Han Yi  ;  Mun Kyung Sunwoo  ;  Jin Yong Hong  ;  Young H. Sohn  ;  Phil Hyu Lee 
 JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY, Vol.261(8) : 1628-1635, 2014 
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Aged ; Aged, 80 and over ; Brain/pathology ; Cerebral Hemorrhage/diagnosis ; Cerebral Hemorrhage/etiology* ; Chi-Square Distribution ; Cognition Disorders/etiology* ; Female ; Humans ; Magnetic Resonance Imaging ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Neuropsychological Tests ; Parkinson Disease/complications* ; Severity of Illness Index
Cerebral microbleeds ; Parkinson’s disease ; Cognitive performance
Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are known to be associated with cognitive impairments in the elderly and in patients with various diseases; however, the nature of this association has not yet been evaluated in Parkinson’s disease (PD). In the present study, we analyzed the incidence of CMBs in PD according to cognitive status, and the impact of CMBs on cognitive performance was also evaluated. The CMBs in PD with dementia (n = 36), mild cognitive impairment (MCI, n = 46), or cognitively normal (n = 41) were analyzed using conventional T2*-weighted gradient-recalled echo images. Additionally, the relationship between the presence of CMBs and cognitive performance on individual tests of cognitive subdomains was analyzed using a detailed neuropsychological test. CMBs occurred more frequently in PD patients with dementia (36.1 %) compared to those with MCI (15.2 %), those who are cognitively normal (14.6 %), and normal controls (12.2 %, p = 0.025). However, the significant association of CMBs with PD dementia disappeared after adjusting white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) as a covariate. The frequencies of deep, lobar, and infratentorial CMBs did not differ among the four groups. After adjusting for age, sex, years of education, and WMHs, PD patients with CMBs had poorer performance in attention domain compared with those without CMBs (34.9 vs 42.6, p = 0.018). The present data demonstrate that even though CMBs were inseparably associated with the presence of WMHs, CMBs occur more commonly in PD patients with dementia than in those without dementia. Additionally, the burden of CMBs may contribute to further cognitive impairment in PD.
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Sunwoo, Mun Kyung(선우문경)
Sohn, Young Ho(손영호) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6533-2610
Lee, Phil Hyu(이필휴) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9931-8462
Ham, Jee Hyun(함지현)
Hong, Jin Yong(홍진용)
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