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  • Andreas Otte


In patients with a late whiplash syndrome, a statistically significant metabolic reduction in the posterior parietal occipital region of the brain is found. This could be shown in several studies with altogether over 500 investigated patients both by cerebral blood flow single-photon emission tomography (SPET) and by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET). In individual cases, the patients showed also regions with decreased metabolism which were not in the posterior parietal occipital localization, but in these, no statistically significant group differences to a healthy control group could be determined. Posterior parietal occipital findings can also be observed in other diseases with brain affection, e.g., in systemic lupus erythematosus, in Alzheimer’s disease, or in migraine. Such other diseases can easily be excluded by a purposeful clinical and neurological assessment. There are also diseases, which show a similar clinical component as the late whiplash syndrome, e.g., primary depression. In these diseases, the posterior parietal occipital region is, however, not affected.


Positron Emission Tomography Traumatic Brain Injury Migraine With Aura Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Whiplash Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Otte
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  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Institut für Angewandte Forschung (IAF)University of Applied Sciences OffenburgOffenburgGermany

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