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Wallerian degeneration of the corticofugal tracts in chronic stroke: A pilot study relating diffusion tensor imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and hand function
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.
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2007 (English)In: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, ISSN 1545-9683, Vol. 21, no 6, 551-560 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective. This study tested the hypothesis that degeneration of the corticofugal tracts (CFTs) is related to poor functional outcome in the upper limb after stroke. Methods. The authors used diffusion tensor imaging to determine the degree of white matter integrity of the CFT (FAAH/UH) in chronic stroke patients and controls. The functional integrity of the corticospinal pathway was examined using transcranial magnetic stimulation. Recruitment curves and silent period duration were measured. The relationship between FA AH/UH and functional outcome of the upper limb was also assessed using a battery of upper limb function tests. Results. In patients, FA AH/UH correlated positively with the slope of recruitment curves (RC AH/UH) and grip strength. FAAH/UH also correlated negatively with the silent period duration (SPAH/UH). According to the FA AH/UH, patients were also classified into groups with minimal or extensive Wallerian degeneration (WD). Patients with more extensive WD had poorer grip strength, dexterity, and range of movement. Conclusions. The authors' results suggest that structural and functional integrity of the CFT is essential to maintain function of the upper limb after stroke.

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2007. Vol. 21, no 6, 551-560 p.
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Stroke, Diffusion tensor imaging, Transcranial magnetic stimulation, Corticofugal tracts, Wallerian degeneration, Upper limb, Outcome
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-13943DOI: 10.1177/1545968307301886ISI: 000250345100008PubMedID: 17507645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-13943DiVA: diva2:41713
Available from: 2008-02-01 Created: 2008-02-01 Last updated: 2011-01-20Bibliographically approved

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