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Abstract • We have measured with single-photon emission tomography the regional cerebral blood flow changes that occurred in the supplementary motor areas and in the primary sensory motor areas during sequential finger-to-thumb opposition movements of the right hand in seven akinetic patients with Parkinson's disease and in nine normal volunteers. Parkinsonian patients were studied before ("off" condition) and after a subcutaneous injection of apomorphine hydrochloride which was able to switch them "on" (on condition). In normal volunteers and parkinsonian patients in the on condition, regional cerebral blood flow significantly increased in the supplementary motor areas and in the contralateral primary sensory motor cortex but not in the ipsilateral primary sensory motor cortex. On the contrary, no significant regional cerebral blood flow change was observed in these areas in parkinsonian patients in the off condition. 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Archives of Neurology – American Medical Association
Published: Feb 1, 1992
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