Proton MRS in Behcet's disease with and without neurological findings

Baysal T., Ozisik H., Karlidag R., Sarac K., Baysal O., Dusak A., ...Daha Fazla

NEURORADIOLOGY, cilt.45, ss.860-864, 2003 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 45 Konu: 12
  • Basım Tarihi: 2003
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00234-003-1052-7
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.860-864


Our aim was to investigate whether neurological impairment in Behcet's disease (BD) can be assessed by means of proton MRS and whether it can assist in prognosis. We used single-voxel MRS to measure metabolites in regions of normal-appearing pons, basal ganglia and periventricular white matter (PWM) in 32 patients with chronic BD patients with and without neurological deficits and 29 control subjects. Patients had significantly higher N-acetylaspartate (NAA)/creatine (Cr) and choline (Cho)/Cr ratios in the basal ganglia than the controls. The Cho/Cr ratio in the PWM was also significantly higher in the patients. MRS enabled clear discrimination of patients and controls and also revealed spectral differences between non-neuro-Behcet's disease and neuro-Behcet's disease in the basal ganglia. MRS can be used to assess brain involvement in BD even if structural changes are absent.