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Vol. 71, No. 4, 2002
Issue release date: July–August 2002
Section title: Special Article
Psychother Psychosom 2002;71:180–189
(DOI:10.1159/000063642)

The Somatics of Psyche: Structural Neuromorphometry of Bipolar Disorder

Benabarre A. · Vieta E. · Martinez-Arán A. · Reinares M. · Colom F. · Lomeña F. · Martin F. · Valdés M.
Bipolar Disorders Program and Nuclear Medicine Department, Barcelona Stanley Foundation Research Center, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain

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Abstract of Special Article

Published online: 7/1/2002

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

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Abstract

Many neuroimaging investigations report structural differences in subjects with bipolar disorder; however, conflicting results are common in the limited number of available investigations. Thus, the structural correlates of bipolar disorders remain poorly understood. The authors reviewed the early investigations using computed tomography and examined gross structural differences, such as cerebral atrophy, ventricular enlargement, or cerebellar atrophy. Many of these investigations report significant differences in these features compared with controls, whereas others found no such differences. More recent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) investigations have employed increasingly sophisticated imaging and research methodologies, allowing for the quantitative examination of specific brain regions. Because neuropsychological and functional studies suggest abnormalities in frontal, temporal and subcortical regions, many investigators have focused their MRI neuromorphometric studies on these temporal limbic structures. However, the number of investigations examining each of these regions remains small, and conflicting results continue to be reported. It seems clear that for many brain regions, the structural changes from normal may be subtle, and that the differences in the reported studies may be due to differences in research methodologies between studies and across centers.


  

Author Contacts

E. Vieta
Institute of Psychiatry
Hospital Clinic, Villarroel 170
E–08036 Barcelona (Spain)
Tel. +34 93 227 54 01, Fax +34 93 227 54 77, E-Mail evieta@clinic.ub.es

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 10
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 70

  

Publication Details

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Founded 1953 as ‘Acta Psychotherapeutica et Psychosomatica’ by E.A.D.E. Carp and B. Stokvis, continued by Th. Spoerri (1964–1974) and P.E. Sifneos (1974–1991)

Vol. 71, No. 4, Year 2002 (Cover Date: July-August 2002)

Journal Editor: G.A. Fava, Bologna
ISSN: 0033–3190 (print), 1423–0348 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Special Article

Published online: 7/1/2002

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PPS


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