Cerebral hemodynamic monitoring of Parkinson's disease patients with orthostatic intolerance during head-up tilt test

Jung Bin Kim, Zephaniah Phillips, Seung Ho Paik, Shin Young Kang, Nam Joon Jeon, Byung Jo Kim, Beop Min Kim

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    Significance: Monitoring of cerebral perfusion rather than blood pressure changes during a head-up tilt test (HUTT) is proposed to understand the pathophysiological effect of orthostatic intolerance (OI), including orthostatic hypotension (OH), in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. Aim: We aim to characterize and distinguish the cerebral perfusion response to a HUTT for healthy controls (HCs) and PD patients with OI symptoms. Approach: Thirty-nine PD patients with OI symptoms [10 PD patients with OH (PD-OH) and 29 PD patients with normal HUTT results (PD-NOR)], along with seven HCs participated. A 108-channel diffuse optical tomography (DOT) system was used to reconstruct prefrontal oxyhemoglobin (HbO), deoxyhemoglobin (Hb), and total hemoglobin (HbT) changes during dynamic tilt (from supine to 70-deg tilt) and static tilt (remained tilted at 70 deg). Results: HCs showed rapid recovery of cerebral perfusion in the early stages of static tilt. PD-OH patients showed decreasing HbO and HbT during dynamic tilt, continuing into the static tilt period. The rate of HbO change from dynamic tilt to static tilt is the distinguishing feature between HCs and PD-OH patients. Accordingly, PD-NOR patients were subgrouped based on positive-rate and negative-rate of HbO change. PD patients with a negative rate of HbO change were more likely to report severe OI symptoms in the COMPASS questionnaire. Conclusions: Our findings showcase the usability of DOT for sensitive detection and quantification of autonomic dysfunction in PD patients with OI symptoms, even those with normal HUTT results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number025002
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 1

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    Funding Information:
    This research was supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (Grant No. HI14C3477), and the Original Technology Research Program for Brain Science through the NRF (National Research Foundation of Korea) funded by the Ministry of Science ICT and Future Planning (2015M3C7A1029034).

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    © The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI.


    • Parkinson's disease
    • autonomic dysfunction
    • diffuse optical tomography
    • head-up tilt
    • orthostatic hypotension

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
    • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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