Journal article

Neuroanatomical abnormalities before and after onset of psychosis: a cross-sectional and longitudinal MRI comparison

C Pantelis, D Velakoulis, PD McGorry, SJ Wood, J Suckling, LJ Phillips, AR Yung, ET Bullmore, W Brewer, B Soulsby, P Desmond, PK McGuire

The Lancet | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2003

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, are associated with neuroanatomical abnormalities, but whether these predate the onset of symptoms or develop progressively over the course of illness is unclear. We investigated this issue with MRI to study people with prodromal symptoms who are at ultra high-risk for the development of psychosis. METHODS: We did two comparisons, cross-sectional and longitudinal. For the cross-sectional comparison, 75 people with prodromal signs of psychosis were scanned with MRI. After at least 12 months of follow-up, 23 (31%) had developed psychosis and 52 (69%) had not. Baseline MRI data from these two subgroups were compared. For the longitudinal c..

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