Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Prion Diseases

Part of the Contemporary Clinical Neuroscience book series (CCNE)


Prion diseases are uncommon dementias linked to the accumulation in the brain of humans and other mammals of an “infectious” autologous protein. The rapid clinical deterioration of the patients makes them difficult to study with MRS. Their spectroscopic profile includes decreased N-acetylaspartate and increased myo-inositol, reflecting the neuronal loss and gliosis characteristics of these pathologies.


Prion-related protein Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease Fatal familial insomnia Gerstmann–Straussler–Scheinker disease Scrapie 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neuroradiology & Institut du Cerveau et de la MoëllePitié Salpêtrière HospitalParisFrance

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