Journal article

Functional correlates of motor control impairments in multiple sclerosis: A 7 Tesla task functional MRI study

Myrte Strik, Camille J Shanahan, Anneke van der Walt, Frederique MC Boonstra, Rebecca Glarin, Mary P Galea, Trevor J Kilpatrick, Jeroen JG Geurts, Jon O Cleary, Menno M Schoonheim, Scott C Kolbe

HUMAN BRAIN MAPPING | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Upper and lower limb impairments are common in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS), yet difficult to clinically identify in early stages of disease progression. Tasks involving complex motor control can potentially reveal more subtle deficits in early stages, and can be performed during functional MRI (fMRI) acquisition, to investigate underlying neural mechanisms, providing markers for early motor progression. We investigated brain activation during visually guided force matching of hand or foot in 28 minimally disabled pwMS (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) < 4 and pyramidal and cerebellar Kurtzke Functional Systems Scores ≤ 2) and 17 healthy controls (HC) using ultra-high field 7..

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