Stefanie Hierlmeier

Universität Regensburg, Ratisbon, Bavaria, Germany

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  • Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke · Stefanie Hierlmeier · Elke Leinisch
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    ABSTRACT: Persistent idiopathic facial pain (PIFP) is defined as a persistent, unilateral facial pain, not associated with sensory loss or other physical signs and with no obvious structural abnormalities that would sufficiently explain pain experience. We were interested whether there is evidence of altered brain morphology in patients with PIFP as it has been described in other chronic pain conditions. Using voxel-based morphometry we investigated regional gray matter volume in 11 PIFP patients and 11 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. Furthermore we calculated lateralization indices (LI) to investigate differences in interhemispheric gray matter asymmetries. We report a decrease in gray matter volume in the left anterior cingulate gyrus and left temporo-insular region, as well as in the left and right sensory-motor area, projecting to the representational area of the face. Analyses of LI values demonstrated an increased rightward asymmetry in the middle-anterior insular cortex in patients in comparison with healthy controls. Our data support previous findings showing that chronic pain states are display-altered brain morphology in brain regions know to be part of the pain system.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2010 · Headache The Journal of Head and Face Pain
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    ABSTRACT: Voxel based morphometry (VBM) is a useful tool to assess differences in brain morphology between groups of patients and healthy controls. In addition, VBM enables the performance of regression analyses to determine potential correlations between performance on cognitive tests and variations in local brain morphology. Prior VBM studies investigating patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have revealed different patterns of local brain atrophy. In order to extend previous findings, we investigated 18 patients with MCI and 18 age- and gender-matched healthy controls. All participants underwent extensive neuropsychological testing in addition to undergoing anatomical scanning with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Cohort analysis revealed bilateral decreases in gray matter density in the medial temporal lobes (MTLs) and neocortical regions of the temporal lobes in patients with MCI. Moreover, regression analyses demonstrated a correlation between immediate verbal recall and gray matter density in the left perirhinal/entorhinal cortex, while delayed free recall correlated with gray matter density in the left hippocampus. It has been proposed that performance in the immediate recall is supported by the so-called "episodic buffer", a component of working memory that contributes to the maintenance of integrated memory traces. Accordingly, our results suggest that anatomical regions associated with verbal long-term and verbal working memory are structurally segregated within the left MTL.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2009 · NeuroImage