A window into the invisible wound of war: Functional neuroimaging of REM sleep in returning combat veterans with PTSD

Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. Electronic address: .
Psychiatry research 11/2012; 211(2). DOI: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2012.05.007
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ABSTRACT Relative regional cerebral metabolic rate of glucose in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and wakefulness was explored in combat veterans with and without PTSD, using positron emission tomography. Hypermetabolism in brain regions involved in arousal regulation, fear responses, and reward processing persist during REM sleep in combat veterans with PTSD.

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