Altered Functional and Structural Connectivity in a Schizophrenia Patient With Complete Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum

Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, Нашвилл, Michigan, United States
American Journal of Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 12.3). 01/2013; 170(1):122-3. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.12060822
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    • "Schizophrenia is a severe neuropsychiatric disorder that represents the 18th leading cause of years lived with disability globally (Whiteford et al., 2013) and has an estimated point prevalence of 0.5% to 1.0% (Tandon et al., 2008). Functional and structural disconnectivity are among the most reproducible neurophysiological abnormalities associated with schizophrenia (Burns et al., 2003; Whalley et al., 2005; Liang et al., 2006; Begre and Koenig, 2008; Konrad and Winterer, 2008; Hoptman et al., 2010; Qiu et al., 2010; Whitford et al., 2011; Shi et al., 2012a,b; Curčić-Blake et al., 2013; Rane et al., 2013; Straube et al., 2013; Tepest et al., 2013) (recently reviewed by Schmitt et al. (2011)). "
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    ABSTRACT: Agenesis of corpus callosum (AgCC) is a congenital malformation characterized by total or partial absence of corpus callosum with a good neuropsychological profile. Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is the third most common cause of cortical dementia, and it is characterized by alterations in personality and social relationship, often associated with deficits in attention, abstraction, planning, and problem solving. Herein, we report a case of a 73-year-old woman presenting with FTD associated with primary AgCC. The possible "causal or casual" relationship between these 2 different conditions should be investigated in large prospective studies.
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