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Free Content The Added Value of 18F-FDOPA PET/CT in the Work-Up of Patients with Movement Disorders

Movement disorders represent a common clinical feature in many different neurologic diseases. However, although the clinical features are often similar, there are many different possible etiologies of these movement disorders, which represent a valid diagnostic challenge. Management of these patients is dependent on an accurate diagnosis of the underlying etiology because the clinical course and treatment may vary significantly. 18F-Fluor-l-dopa has been used as a positron-emitting compound for PET evaluation of patients with movement disorders and parkinsonism. To emphasize the diagnostic value of combining both morphologic and functional imaging in 18F-Fluor-l-dopa PET/CT, we describe the clinical history and 18F-Fluor-l-dopa PET/CT imaging findings of 5 patients in whom the cause of movement impairment was unclear.

Keywords: 18F-FDOPA = 18F-Fluor-l-dopa; AD = Alzheimer disease; DIP = drug-induced parkinsonism; DLB = Lewy body dementia; PD = Parkinson disease

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2019

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