Length-dependent MRI of hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies.
OBJECTIVE: Hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP) is caused by heterozygous deletion of the peripheral myelin protein 22 (PMP22) gene. Patients with HNPP present multifocal, reversible sensory/motor deficits due to increased susceptibility to mechanical pressure. Additionally, age-dependent axonal degeneration is reported. We hypothesize that length-dependent axonal loss can be revealed by MRI, irrespective of the multifocal phenotype in HNPP.
METHODS: Nerve and muscle MRI data were acquired in the proximal and distal leg of patients with HNPP (n = 10) and matched controls (n = 7). More specifically, nerve magnetization transfer ratios (MTR) were evaluated to assay proximal-to-distal gradients in nerve degeneration, while intramuscular fat percentages (F
INTERPRETATION: Despite the multifocal nature of the HNPP phenotype, muscle F
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Pridmore, Michael; Castoro, Ryan; McCollum, Megan Simmons; Kang, Hakmook; Li, Jun; and Dortch, Richard, "Length-dependent MRI of hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies." (2020). Neurobiology. 486.