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Neuroreport. 2008 Jun 11;19(9):921-5. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e328300edf3.

Voxel-based morphometry study on brain structure in children with high-functioning autism.

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Key Laboratory of Child Development and Learning Science (Southeast University), Ministry of Education, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China.

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  • Neuroreport. 2011 Jun 22;22(9):464.


Earlier studies have suggested abnormal brain volumes in autism, but inconsistencies exist. Using voxel-based morphometry, we compared global and regional brain volumes in 17 high-functioning autistic children with 15 matched controls. We identified significant reduction in left white matter volume and white/gray matter ratio in autism. Regional brain volume reductions were detected for right anterior cingulate, left superior parietal lobule white matter volumes, and right parahippocampal gyrus gray matter volume, whereas enlargements in bilateral supramarginal gyrus, right postcentral gyrus, right medial frontal gyrus, and right posterior lobe of cerebellum gray matter in autism. Our findings showed global and regional brain volumes abnormality in high-functioning autism.

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