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Neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessment of freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease.

  • Author(s): Bluett, Brent
  • Banks, Sarah
  • Cordes, Dietmar
  • Bayram, Ece
  • Mishra, Virendra
  • Cummings, Jeffrey
  • Litvan, Irene
  • et al.

Introduction:Freezing of gait (FOG) is a disabling phenomenon characterized by a brief, episodic absence or reduction of forward progression of the feet despite the intention to walk. It is a common cause of falls and mortality in cases with Parkinson's disease (PD). This article reviews neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies to date and introduces a new study of multimodal imaging and cognition in PD-FOG. Methods:A comprehensive literature search identified studies using neuropsychological evaluation and/or neuroimaging to evaluate PD-FOG. Results:Several studies have evaluated PD-FOG, but few have combined neuropsychological and comprehensive neuroimaging and none longitudinally. Discussion:A study using a combined approach longitudinally evaluating cognitive dysfunction and underlying neural networks in FOG is needed. We introduce the framework of a study which demonstrates the use of establishing an infrastructure for studying neurodegenerative disorders using the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Science Center of Biomedical Research Excellence grant mechanism.

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