Journal article

Orbitofrontal, amygdala and hippocampal volumes in teenagers with first-presentation borderline personality disorder

Andrew M Chanen, Dennis Velakoulis, Kate Carison, Karen Gaunson, Stephen J Wood, Hok Pan Yuen, Murat Yucel, Henry J Jackson, Patrick D McGorry, Christos Pantelis

PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH-NEUROIMAGING | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

It is not known whether the fronto-limbic volume reductions found in adults with established borderline personality disorder (BPD) are present early in the disorder. The aim of the study was to investigate orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), hippocampal and amygdala volumes in a first-presentation teenage BPD sample with minimal exposure to treatment. Groups of 20 BPD patients and 20 healthy control participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging. Hippocampal, amygdala, OFC and whole brain volumes were estimated and compared between the two groups. Analysis of variance revealed reversal of the normal (right>left) asymmetry of OFC grey matter volume in the BPD group, reflecting right-sided OFC grey..

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