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Article: Differential brainstem atrophy patterns in multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders

TitleDifferential brainstem atrophy patterns in multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders
Authors
Keywordsbrainstem atrophy
brainstem regional volume
disability
multiple sclerosis
neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders
Issue Date2018
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/jpages/1053-1807/
Citation
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2018, v. 47 n. 6, p. 1601-1609 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) are central nervous system (CNS) inflammatory demyelinating disorders. It is clinically important to distinguish MS from NMOSD, as treatment and prognosis differ. Brainstem involvement is common in both disorders. Purpose: To investigate whether the patterns of brainstem atrophy on volumetric analysis in MS and NMOSD were different and correlated with clinical disability. Study Type: Case–control cross-sectional study. Subjects: In all, 17 MS, 13 NMOSD, and 18 healthy control (HC) subjects were studied. Field Strength/Sequence: T1-weighted and T2w spin-echo images were acquired with a 3T scanner. Assessment: Semiautomated segmentation and volumetric measurement of brainstem regions were performed. Anatomical information was obtained from whole brain T1w images using a 3D magnetization-prepared rapid gradient-echo (MPRAGE) imaging sequence (TR/TE/T: 7.0/3.2/800 msec, voxel size: 1 × 1 × 1 mm3, scan time: 10 min 41 sec). Statistical Tests: Independent samples t-test, Mann–Whitney U-test, partial correlation, and multiple regression analysis. Results: Baseline characteristics were similar across the three groups, without significant difference in disease duration (P = 0.354) and EDSS score (P = 0.159) between MS and NMOSD subjects. Compared to HC, MS subjects had significantly smaller normalized whole brainstem (−5.2%, P = 0.027), midbrain (−8.3%, P = 0.0001), and pons volumes (−5.9%, P = 0.048), while only the normalized medulla volume was significantly smaller in NMOSD subjects compared to HC (−8.5% vs. HC, P = 0.024). Normalized midbrain volume was significantly smaller in MS compared to NMOSD subjects (−5.0%, P = 0.014), whereas normalized medulla volume was significantly smaller in NMOSD compared to MS subjects (−8.1%, P = 0.032). Partial correlations and multiple regression analysis revealed that smaller normalized whole brainstem, pons, and medulla oblongata volumes were associated with greater disability on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), Functional System Score (FSS)-brainstem and FSS-cerebellar in NMOSD subjects. Data Conclusion: Differential patterns of brainstem atrophy were observed, with the midbrain being most severely affected followed by pons in MS, whereas only the medulla oblongata was affected in NMOSD. Level of Evidence: 2. Technical Efficacy: Stage 3. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2018;47:1601–1609. © 2017 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/244905
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dc.contributor.authorLee, CY-
dc.contributor.authorMak, HKF-
dc.contributor.authorChiu, PW-
dc.contributor.authorChang, HCC-
dc.contributor.authorBarkhof, F-
dc.contributor.authorChan, KH-
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-18T02:01:11Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-18T02:01:11Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2018, v. 47 n. 6, p. 1601-1609-
dc.identifier.issn1053-1807-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/244905-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) are central nervous system (CNS) inflammatory demyelinating disorders. It is clinically important to distinguish MS from NMOSD, as treatment and prognosis differ. Brainstem involvement is common in both disorders. Purpose: To investigate whether the patterns of brainstem atrophy on volumetric analysis in MS and NMOSD were different and correlated with clinical disability. Study Type: Case–control cross-sectional study. Subjects: In all, 17 MS, 13 NMOSD, and 18 healthy control (HC) subjects were studied. Field Strength/Sequence: T1-weighted and T2w spin-echo images were acquired with a 3T scanner. Assessment: Semiautomated segmentation and volumetric measurement of brainstem regions were performed. Anatomical information was obtained from whole brain T1w images using a 3D magnetization-prepared rapid gradient-echo (MPRAGE) imaging sequence (TR/TE/T: 7.0/3.2/800 msec, voxel size: 1 × 1 × 1 mm3, scan time: 10 min 41 sec). Statistical Tests: Independent samples t-test, Mann–Whitney U-test, partial correlation, and multiple regression analysis. Results: Baseline characteristics were similar across the three groups, without significant difference in disease duration (P = 0.354) and EDSS score (P = 0.159) between MS and NMOSD subjects. Compared to HC, MS subjects had significantly smaller normalized whole brainstem (−5.2%, P = 0.027), midbrain (−8.3%, P = 0.0001), and pons volumes (−5.9%, P = 0.048), while only the normalized medulla volume was significantly smaller in NMOSD subjects compared to HC (−8.5% vs. HC, P = 0.024). Normalized midbrain volume was significantly smaller in MS compared to NMOSD subjects (−5.0%, P = 0.014), whereas normalized medulla volume was significantly smaller in NMOSD compared to MS subjects (−8.1%, P = 0.032). Partial correlations and multiple regression analysis revealed that smaller normalized whole brainstem, pons, and medulla oblongata volumes were associated with greater disability on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), Functional System Score (FSS)-brainstem and FSS-cerebellar in NMOSD subjects. Data Conclusion: Differential patterns of brainstem atrophy were observed, with the midbrain being most severely affected followed by pons in MS, whereas only the medulla oblongata was affected in NMOSD. Level of Evidence: 2. Technical Efficacy: Stage 3. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2018;47:1601–1609. © 2017 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/jpages/1053-1807/-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging-
dc.rightsJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Copyright © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.-
dc.subjectbrainstem atrophy-
dc.subjectbrainstem regional volume-
dc.subjectdisability-
dc.subjectmultiple sclerosis-
dc.subjectneuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders-
dc.titleDifferential brainstem atrophy patterns in multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailMak, HKF: makkf@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChiu, PW: pwcchiu@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChang, HCC: hcchang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChan, KH: koonho@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityMak, HKF=rp00533-
dc.identifier.authorityChang, HCC=rp02024-
dc.identifier.authorityChan, KH=rp00537-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1002/jmri.25866-
dc.identifier.pmid28990252-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85047786895-
dc.identifier.hkuros279196-
dc.identifier.volume47-
dc.identifier.issue6-
dc.identifier.spage1601-
dc.identifier.epage1609-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000434134100016-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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