Objective: To explore whether the radioligand 2β-carboxymethoxy-3β- (4-[123I] iodophenyl) tropane ([123I]β-CIT) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) can detect decreased striatal uptake in at-risk relatives of patients with Parkinson disease (PD). Patients and Methods: Ten PD patients, 10 at-risk first-degree relatives of PD patients, and 10 controls underwent [123I]β-CIT and SPECT brain imaging. Their striatal uptake ratios were compared. Results: Age-adjusted specific to nonspecific striatal uptake ratios were lower in patients compared with controls and with relatives; however, ratios were similar in relatives and controls. Among relatives, ratios were consistently lower in subgroups postulated to be at higher risk for preclinical PD. Conclusion: Our findings provide preliminary support that [123I]β-CIT and SPECT may detect decreased striatal uptake in relatives of PD patients postulated to be at higher risk for PD.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Mayo Clinic Proceedings|
|State||Published - 1999|
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