Cerebral glucose metabolism and cognition in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease: ICICLE-PD study
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
Volume 88, Issue 4
M J Firbank, A J Yarnall, R A Lawson, G W Duncan, T K Khoo, G S Petrides, J T O’Brien, R A Barker, R J Maxwell, D J Brooks, D J Burn
To assess reductions of cerebral glucose metabolism in Parkinson’s disease (PD) with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET), and their associations with cognitive decline.
FDG-PET was performed on a cohort of 79 patients with newly diagnosed PD (mean disease duration 8 months) and 20 unrelated controls. PD participants were scanned while on their usual dopaminergic medication. Cognitive testing was performed at baseline, and after 18 months using the Cognitive Drug Research (CDR) and Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) computerised batteries, the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). We used statistical parametric mapping (SPM V.12) software to compare groups and investigate voxelwise correlations between FDG metabolism and cognitive score at baseline. Linear regression was used to evaluate how levels of cortical FDG metabolism were predictive of subsequent cognitive decline rated with the MMSE and MoCA.