The authors used diffusion-tensor imaging to examine central white matter pathways in two children with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Corticospinal tracts projecting from cortex to brainstem resembled controls. In contrast, posterior regions of the corpus callosum, internal capsule, and corona radiata were markedly reduced, primarily in white matter fibers connected to sensory cortex. These findings suggest that the motor impairment in periventricular leukomalacia may, in part, reflect disruption of sensory connections outside classic pyramidal motor pathways.
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- Clinical Neurology