Cortical serotonin receptor binding was measured with positron-emission tomography (PET) in uninjured regions of cortex in 26 stroke patients. Cognitive function was assessed with the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) and a neuropsychological test battery. Left frontal cortex serotonin binding was correlated positively with MMSE total score (r = 0.50, P = 0.01) and with the MMSE concentration, writing, and copying tasks (r = 0.42, 0.56, 0.53, respectively; P < 0.05). Tests of orientation and repetition of difficult phrases were significantly correlated with serotonin binding (r = 0.53 and 0.52, respectively; P < 0.05). These findings suggest that cognitive performance after stroke may be influenced by alterations in the serotonergic system.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences|
|State||Published - 1993|