Motor function under lower and higher controlled processing demands in early and continuously treated phenylketonuria

S.C.J. Huijbregts, F.J. van Spronsen, I Berends, R. Licht, P Verkerk, J.A. Sergeant, L.M.J. de Sonneville

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Abstract

This study examined motor control in 61 early and continuously treated patients with phenylketonuria (PKU) and 69 control participants, aged 7 to 14 years. The pursuit task demanded concurrent planning and execution of unpredictable movements, whereas the tracking task required a highly automated circular movement that could be planned in advance. PKU patients showed significantly poorer motor control in both tasks compared with control participants. Deficits were particularly observed for younger patients (age < 11 years). Differences between control participants and PKU patients were significantly greater in the pursuit task compared with the tracking task, indicating more serious deficits when a higher level of controlled processing is required. Correlations with historical phenylalanine levels indicated a later maturation of the level of control required by the pursuit task compared with the tracking task.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-379
Number of pages11
JournalNeuropsychology
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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