Journal article

Progressive brain structural changes mapped as psychosis develops in 'at risk' individuals

Daqiang Sun, Lisa Phillips, Dennis Velakoulis, Alison Yung, Patrick D McGorry, Stephen J Wood, Theo GM van Erp, Paul M Thompson, Arthur W Toga, Tyrone D Cannon, Christos Pantelis

SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia and related psychoses are associated with brain structural abnormalities. Recent findings in 'at risk' populations have identified progressive changes in various brain regions preceding illness onset, while changes especially in prefrontal and superior temporal regions have been demonstrated in first-episode schizophrenia patients. However, the timing of the cortical changes and their regional extent, relative to the emergence of psychosis, has not been clarified. We followed individuals at high-risk for psychosis to determine whether structural changes in the cerebral cortex occur with the onset of psychosis. We hypothesized that progressive volume loss occurs in p..

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