Insular pathology in Parkinson's disease patients with orthostatic hypotension

Spiridon Papapetropoulos, Deborah C. Mash

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Orthostatic hypotension (OH) in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients may be a significant source of morbidity and discomfort. Although peripheral ANS components have been associated with its development, central mechanisms are probably involved. The insular cortex is a central site of autonomic and limbic integration and neuropathologic studies have indicated its involvement in the neurodegenerative process of PD. To this end, we studied the neuropathology of the insular, temporal and parietal cortices in PD patients with and without OH. Our results suggest an association between the severity of PD-related neuropathology in the insular cortex and OH. Further research into the subject is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-311
Number of pages4
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Insular cortex
  • Lewy bodies
  • Neuropathology
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-mortem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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