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A magnetic resonance volumetric study of the temporal lobe structures in depression

Joanna M. Moryś, Barbara Bobek-Billewicz, Jerzy Dziewiątkowski, Ilona Ratajczak, Piotr Pankiewicz, Olgierd Narkiewicz, Janusz Moryś
Folia Morphol 2003;62(4):347-352.

open access

Vol 62, No 4 (2003)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2003-09-05
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders and is associated with considerable morbidity. In recent years structural-imaging technology has provided an opportunity to examine the brain anatomy in patients with the psychiatric illness. 10 patients of various ages and, as the control group, 16 healthy subjects were examined using the MRI method of neuroimaging. The volumes of the following structures were evaluated in the right and left hemispheres: the superior temporal gyrus, the basolateral temporal area (the region including middle temporal gyrus, inferior temporal gyrus and fusiform gyrus), the parahippocampal gyrus, the hippocampal head, the amygdaloid body and the lateral ventricle. The significant difference between the control group and the group with depression concerned the volume of the temporal horn of the lateral ventricle of both hemispheres. In depressed patients the left temporal horn was 49.8% and the right 38.4% larger in comparison with the control group. In the control group there were significant differences between the left and right hemispheres in the volume of all the structures studied, whereas in the group with depression these difference in volume between the hemispheres concerned only the amygdaloid body and the lateral ventricle.

Abstract

Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders and is associated with considerable morbidity. In recent years structural-imaging technology has provided an opportunity to examine the brain anatomy in patients with the psychiatric illness. 10 patients of various ages and, as the control group, 16 healthy subjects were examined using the MRI method of neuroimaging. The volumes of the following structures were evaluated in the right and left hemispheres: the superior temporal gyrus, the basolateral temporal area (the region including middle temporal gyrus, inferior temporal gyrus and fusiform gyrus), the parahippocampal gyrus, the hippocampal head, the amygdaloid body and the lateral ventricle. The significant difference between the control group and the group with depression concerned the volume of the temporal horn of the lateral ventricle of both hemispheres. In depressed patients the left temporal horn was 49.8% and the right 38.4% larger in comparison with the control group. In the control group there were significant differences between the left and right hemispheres in the volume of all the structures studied, whereas in the group with depression these difference in volume between the hemispheres concerned only the amygdaloid body and the lateral ventricle.
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Keywords

temporal lobe; volumetric study; depression; MRI

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Title

A magnetic resonance volumetric study of the temporal lobe structures in depression

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 62, No 4 (2003)

Pages

347-352

Published online

2003-09-05

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2003;62(4):347-352.

Keywords

temporal lobe
volumetric study
depression
MRI

Authors

Joanna M. Moryś
Barbara Bobek-Billewicz
Jerzy Dziewiątkowski
Ilona Ratajczak
Piotr Pankiewicz
Olgierd Narkiewicz
Janusz Moryś

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