Association between Regional Cerebral Blood Flow and Mini-Mental State Examination Score in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

Author(s): Hitoshi Saito, Ikuo Kashiwakura*, Megumi Tsushima, Yasushi Mariya

Journal Name: Current Medical Imaging
Formerly: Current Medical Imaging Reviews

Volume 16 , Issue 10 , 2020

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Background: In patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), cerebral blood flow (CBF) is decreased from the early stages. CBF in AD is currently estimated from Z-scores using statistical analysis. However, the Z-score is not considered the impaired area ratio.

Methods: In the present study, a novel indicator, ΣzS, associated with brain surface area and Zscores, is defined and the association with regional CBF has been estimated using Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores, which indicate the severity of cognitive impairment in patients with AD.

Results: A negative correlation was detected between ΣzS in the posterior cingulate gyrus and the subset numbers 1, 2, and 5 of the total MMSE scores. Furthermore, a negative correlation was detected between the total MMSE score and ΣzS in Brodmann area 30, which is a subdivided area of the brain.

Conclusion: These results suggest that ΣzS may be a useful indicator of CBF metabolism, and thus may improve the current understanding of cognitive function in patients with AD.

Keywords: Cerebral blood flow, Alzheimer's disease, mini-mental state examination, brodmann area, retrosplenial cortex, statistical analysis.

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Year: 2020
Page: [1290 - 1299]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/1573405616666200124125130
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