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Keywords:

  • Parkinson's disease;
  • mri;
  • voxel-based morphometry;
  • brain atrophy;
  • mild cognitive impairment

Abstract

We aimed to investigate whether mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by region-specific gray matter (GM) atrophy and to explore correlations between GM and cognition in PD. Magnetic resonance images of 42 newly diagnosed PD patients (of which 11 had MCI) and 37 normal controls were analyzed using voxel-based morphometry. Analyses comparing groups showed no regional atrophy, and in patients there were no significant correlations between cognitive domain test performance and GM loss. In conclusion, GM atrophy does not seem to be a major feature of cognitive dysfunction in incident PD. © 2010 Movement Disorder Society