Journal article

Structural brain imaging evidence for multiple pathological processes at different stages of brain development in schizophrenia

C Pantelis, M Yucel, SJ Wood, D Velakoulis, DQ Sun, G Berger, GW Stuart, A Yung, L Phillips, PD McGorry

SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2005

Abstract

The underlying neurobiology of emerging psychotic disorders is not well understood. While there is evidence from structural imaging and other studies supporting the popular notion that schizophrenia arises as a consequence of an "early neurodevelopmental" lesion, more recent findings challenge this notion. Evidence, including our own data, suggests that dynamic brain changes occur during the earliest stages of a psychotic illness, including around the time of transition to illness. In this article we review the available longitudinal and relevant cross-sectional structural neuroimaging studies focusing on both the very early neurodevelopmental markers (pre- or perinatal origin) and the later..

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