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Central motor conduction time and regional cerebral blood flow in patients with leuko-araiosis


      Central motor conduction time (CMCT) and regional cerebral blood flow were investigated in 21 patients with leuko-araiosis. The severity of dementia was examined using mini-mental state examination. The head magnetic stimulation was performed using an SMN-1100 magnetic stimulator and a round coil with a diameter of 17 cm. The regional cerebral blood flow was measured using the stable xenon computed tomography method. The CMCT was significantly longer in the patients with dementia than in the patients without dementia. The blood flows in the parietal cortex, frontal white matter and thalamus were significantly lower in the patients with dementia than in the patients without dementia. There were significant negative correlations between the CMCT and the blood flows in the frontal cortex, temporal cortex, frontal white matter and thalamus. The significant negative correlations suggest that the prolongation of CMCT in patients with leuko-araiosis is related to the decrease in regional cerebral blood flows.


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