Robert Herfkens

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  • CEREBRAL ATROPHY IN BULIMIA BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY HOFFMAN, G. W., Ellinwood, E. H., ROCKWELL, W. J., Herfkens, R. J., NISHITA, J. K., GUTHRIE, L. F. 1989; 25 (7): 894-902


    The extent of cerebral atrophy in 8 consecutively chosen unmedicated bulimics and 8 normal controls was determined by magnetic resonance imaging. There was no history of anorexia nervosa or alcoholism in either group. Measures obtained included the ratio of cerebral to cranial area at the midsagittal section, as well as maximum ventricle/brain ratio in the axial plane. Sagittal cerebral/cranial ratio was significantly less in the bulimic group than in controls [0.82 +/- 0.04 (SD) versus 0.90 +/- 0.03, Z = -2.74, p = 0.006, two-tailed Mann-Whitney U-test], whereas ventricle/brain ratio was not significantly different between groups. Implications for the occurrence of cortical atrophy in normal-weight bulimics, as well as for the relative absence of ventricular enlargement in these patients, are discussed.

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