Journal article

[A volumetric study of brain structures in subtypes of depression].

K Vasilopoulou, P Papathanasiou, J Michopoulos, F Boufidou, P Oulis, C Nikolaou, C Pantelis, D Velakoulis, L Lykouras

Psychiatriki | Published : 2011

Abstract

The aim of this study is to compare the volumes of hippocampus, amygdala and subgenual prefrontal cortex among patients with melancholic depression, patients with psychotic depression and normal controls. Thirty nine patients with a diagnosis of major depression (22 with melancholic and 17 with psychotic subtype) and 18 normal controls were included in the study. Hippocampal, amygdala, anterior and posterior subgenual cortex volumes were measured by manual tracings on magnetic resonance volumetric images and compared across the 3 groups. We identified larger amygdala volumes and smaller left anterior subgenual cortex volumes in both patient groups compared to controls. There were no differen..

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