Quantitative assessment of cerebral ventricular volumes in chronic fatigue syndrome

Gudrun Lange, Andrei I. Holodny, John DeLuca, Huey-Jen Lee, Xiao Hong Michelle Yan, Jason Steffener, Benjamin H. Natelson

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Abstract

Previous qualitative volumetric assessment of lateral ventricular enlargement in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has provided evidence for subtle structural changes in the brains of some individuals with CFS. The aim of this pilot study was to determine whether a more sensitive quantitative assessment of the lateral ventricular system would support the previous qualitative findings. In this study, we compared the total lateral ventricular volume, as well as the right and left hemisphere subcomponents in 28 participants with CFS and 15 controls. Ventricular volumes in the CFS group were larger than in control groups, a difference that approached statistical significance. Group differences in ventricular asymmetry were not observed. The results of this study provide further evidence of subtle pathophysiological changes in the brains of participants with CFS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Neuropsychology
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Lange, G., Holodny, A. I., DeLuca, J., Lee, H-J., Yan, X. H. M., Steffener, J., & Natelson, B. H. (2001). Quantitative assessment of cerebral ventricular volumes in chronic fatigue syndrome. Applied Neuropsychology, 8(1), 23-30. https://doi.org/10.1207/S15324826AN0801_4