Occipital hypometabolism is a risk factor for conversion to Parkinson’s disease in isolated REM sleep behaviour disorder

REMPET Working Group, Giulia Carli*, Sanne K. Meles, Annette Janzen, Elisabeth Sittig, Rosalie V. Kogan, Daniela Perani, Wolfgang H. Oertel, Klaus L. Leenders

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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    Purpose: Isolated REM sleep behaviour disorder (iRBD) patients are at high risk of developing clinical syndromes of the α-synuclein spectrum. Progression markers are needed to determine the neurodegenerative changes and to predict their conversion. Brain imaging with 18F-FDG PET in iRBD is promising, but longitudinal studies are scarce. We investigated the regional brain changes in iRBD over time, related to phenoconversion.

    Methods: Twenty iRBD patients underwent two consecutive 18F-FDG PET brain scans and clinical assessments (3.7 ± 0.6 years apart). Seventeen patients also underwent 123I-MIBG and 123I-FP-CIT SPECT scans at baseline. Four subjects phenoconverted to Parkinson’s disease (PD) during follow-up. 18F-FDG PET scans were compared to controls with a voxel-wise single-subject procedure. The relationship between regional brain changes in metabolism and PD-related pattern scores (PDRP) was investigated.

    Results: Individual hypometabolism t-maps revealed three scenarios: (1) normal 18F-FDG PET scans at baseline and follow-up (N = 10); (2) normal scans at baseline but occipital or occipito-parietal hypometabolism at follow-up (N = 4); (3) occipital hypometabolism at baseline and follow-up (N = 6). All patients in the last group had pathological 123I-MIBG and 123I-FP-CIT SPECT. iRBD converters (N = 4) showed occipital hypometabolism at baseline (third scenario). At the group level, hypometabolism in the frontal and occipito-parietal regions and hypermetabolism in the cerebellum and limbic regions were progressive over time. PDRP z-scores increased over time (0.54 ± 0.36 per year). PDRP expression was driven by occipital hypometabolism and cerebellar hypermetabolism.

    Conclusions: Our results suggest that occipital hypometabolism at baseline in iRBD implies a short-term conversion to PD. This might help in stratification strategies for disease-modifying trials.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)3290-3301
    Aantal pagina's12
    TijdschriftEuropean Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
    Nummer van het tijdschrift11
    StatusPublished - sep.-2023


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