Volumetric structural magnetic resonance imaging findings in pediatric posttraumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder : a systematic review

Ahmed, Fatima ; Ras, Johan ; Seedat, Soraya (2012-12)

Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.

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Objectives: Structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI) studies of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents are limited. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have been best studied in this regard.We systematically reviewed structural neuroimaging findings in pediatric PTSD and OCD. Methods:The literature was reviewed for all sMRI studies examining volumetric parameters using PubMed, ScienceDirect, and PsychInfo databases, with no limit on the time frame of publication. Nine studies in pediatric PTSD and six in OCD were suitable for inclusion. Results: Volumetric findings were inconsistent in both disorders. In PTSD, findings suggest increased as well as decreased volumes of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and corpus callosum; whilst in OCD studies indicate volumetric increase of the utamen, with inconsistent findings for the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and frontal regions. Conclusions: ethodological differences may account for some of this inconsistency and additional volume-based studies in pediatric anxiety disorders using more uniform approaches are needed.

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