Gray matter abnormalities in patients with social anxiety disorder: A voxel-based morphometry study

Tukel R., Aydin K., Yuksel C., Ertekin E., KOYUNCU A., Tas C.

PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH-NEUROIMAGING, vol.234, no.1, pp.106-112, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 234 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2015.09.003
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.106-112
  • Keywords: Social anxiety disorder, Magnetic resonance imaging, Voxel-based morphometry, Gray matter volume, CEREBRAL BLOOD-FLOW, FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY, VOLUME ABNORMALITIES, CORTICAL THICKNESS, PHOBIA, NETWORK, FACES, SIZE, SCHIZOPHRENIA, AMYGDALAR
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The main objective of this study was to investigate the gray matter volume (GMV) differences between the patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) and healthy controls, using VBM analysis. A total of 27 consecutive patients (15 women and 12 men) with SAD and 27 age and sex-matched healthy control subjects were included in this study. With magnetic resonance imaging, we examined GMV differences between SAD and healthy control groups. We found that GMV in the right middle and inferior temporal, left superior parietal, left precuneus and right fusiform areas were significantly greater in patients with SAD than in healthy controls. In addition, GMV in the right inferior and middle temporal regions were positively correlated with the social avoidance and total social anxiety scores of the participants in the SAD group. Lastly, greater GMV in the left superior parietal and precuneal regions were correlated with the higher disability in the social life of the patients with SAD. Our results suggest that the regions that showed significant GMV differences between the two groups play an important role in the pathophysiology of SAD and increased GMV in these regions might reflect a pathological process of neural abnormalities in this disorder. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.