Cerebellum and cognition in progressive MS patients: functional changes beyond atrophy?

Cerebellum and cognition in progressive MS patients: functional changes beyond atrophy?

Publication date: Jul 28, 2018

The cerebellum is a predilection site of pathology in progressive multiple sclerosis (PMS) patients, contributing to cognitive deficits. Aim of this study was to investigate lobular cerebellar functional connectivity (FC) in PMS patients in relation to cognition.

In this cross-sectional study, resting state fMRI analysis was carried out on 29 PMS patients (11 males, mean age 51.2 +/- 11.9 years) and 22 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (HC) (11 males, mean age 49.6 +/- 8.8 years). Data were analyzed with a seed-based approach, with four different seeds placed at the level of cerebellar Lobule VI, Crus I, Crus II and Lobule VIIb, accounting for cerebellar structural damage. Cognitive status was assessed with the BICAMS battery. Correlations between fMRI data and clinical variables were probed with the Spearman correlation coefficient.

When testing FC differences between PMS and HC without taking into account cerebellar structural damage, PMS patients showed a reduction of FC between Crus II/Lobule VIIb and the right frontal pole (p = 0.001 and p = 0.002, respectively), with an increased FC between Lobule VIIb and the right precentral gyrus (p 

Cocozza, S., Pontillo, G., Russo, C., Russo, C.V., Costabile, T., Pepe, A., Tedeschi, E., Lanzillo, R., Morra, Brescia, Brunetti, A., Inglese, M., and Petracca, M. Cerebellum and cognition in progressive MS patients: functional changes beyond atrophy? 15771. 2018 J Neurol.



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