Dopamine Transporter Imaging in Psychogenic Parkinsonism and Neurodegenerative Parkinsonism with Psychogenic Overlay: A Report of Three Cases

Umeh, Chizoba C.; Szabo, Zsolt; Pontone, Gregory M.; Mari, Zoltan

Background: Differentiating psychogenic parkinsonism from neurodegenerative Parkinson's disease (PD) with psychogenic features is a diagnostic challenge.
Case report: We report a detailed longitudinal clinical description of three cases presenting with suspected psychogenic parkinsonism. Dopamine transporter single-photon emission computed tomography (DAT-SPECT) was used as a supplemental diagnostic study and influenced clinical management.
Discussion: DAT-SPECT quantified the integrity of the striatal dopaminergic system in these cases of clinically uncertain parkinsonism and supported clinical decision-making.


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Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders
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October 3, 2013