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Characterization of ataxias with magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.

Authors
  • Viau, Martin
  • Boulanger, Yvan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Parkinsonism & Related Disorders
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2004
Volume
10
Issue
6
Pages
335–351
Identifiers
PMID: 15261875
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A wide variety of autosomal transmitted ataxias exist and their ultimate characterization requires genetic testing. Common clinical characteristics among different ataxia types complicate the choice of the appropriate genetic test. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) generally show cerebellar or cerebral atrophy and perturbed metabolite levels which differ between ataxias. In order to help the clinician accurately identify the ataxia type, reported MRI and MRS data in different brain regions are summarized for more than 60 different types of autosomal inherited and sporadic ataxias.

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