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Abstract #1668

MRI for studying yoga-induced cortical structural changes in stroke patients 

Dushyant Kumar1, Rajesh Mishra1, Govind Maurya1, Chahat Kumar2, Priyanka Bhagat2, Padma Srivastava2, and Rama Jayasundar3
1Department of NMR, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 2Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 3DEPARTMENT OF NMR, ALL INDIA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, NEW DELHI, India

This MRI study has evaluated for the first time, the structural changes effected by yoga in post-stroke (ischemic) recovery. Patients (n=6) with deficits practiced Hatha yoga for one hour daily for six months under the supervision of certified yoga trainers. Pre- and 6 months post-yoga intervention assessment involved assessment of NIHSS score and 3D-T1 MRI at 3T MR. Results show individual patients’ positive response to yoga reflected in the significantly reduced NIHSS scores, and in the increased gray matter volume in some areas in brain.

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