Journal article

Hippocampal volume and depression: insights from epilepsy surgery

JM Wrench, SJ Wilson, PF Bladin, DC Reutens

JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY NEUROSURGERY AND PSYCHIATRY | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Major depression is common after epilepsy surgery. It has previously been suggested that surgical removal of limbic system structures such as the hippocampus may contribute to this comorbidity. Recent magnetic resonance imaging studies have found smaller hippocampal volumes in depressed patients in comparison with controls. AIMS: The current study examined whether preoperative hippocampal volumes were associated with depression experienced after epilepsy surgery. Patients undergoing mesial (n = 26) and non-mesial (n = 16) temporal lobe resections were assessed preoperatively, and for 1 year postoperatively. Assessment included a clinical interview and the Beck Depression Inventor..

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