Friday, May 7, 2010

Ventromedial prefrontal cortex modulates fatigue after penetrating TBI

Pardini M, Krueger F, Raymont V, Grafman J.  Neurology 2010; 74:749-754.

97 PBI patients and 37 controls from Vietnam Head Injury Study were enrolled.  Fatigue was assessed via questionnaires (Krupp Fatigue Scale).  CT scan localization of lesions was made to nonfrontal, ventromedial prefrontal, and dorsolateral /lateral prefrontal.  All 3 areas were associated with fatigue, but only VM was associated with increasing fatigue with larger lesion volume.  Authors note this may allow linkage of fatigue to other ventromedial functions such as  effort and reward participation. 

Note one of references was a John Deluca functional MRI paper showing role for same area in MS related fatigue J Neurol Sci 2008; 270:28-39.

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