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Brain Behav. 2014 Jan;4(1):41-50. doi: 10.1002/brb3.191. Epub 2013 Nov 27.

Cortical morphology in children with alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder.

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1
Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Program, The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario, Canada ; Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada ; Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada ; Kimel Family Imaging-Genetics Research Laboratory, Research Imaging Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
3
Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Program, The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario, Canada ; Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

It is well established that individuals exposed to alcohol in utero have reduced cortical grey matter volumes. However, the candidate determinants of these reductions, cortical thickness (CT) and surface area (SA), have not been investigated exclusively in alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), the most prevalent fetal alcohol spectrum disorder subgroup that lacks the characteristic facial dysmorphology.

METHODS:

T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging scans were obtained from 88 participants (8-16 years), 36 diagnosed with ARND and 52 typically developing controls. Scans were submitted to the CIVET pipeline (version 1.1.10). Deformable models were used to construct the inner white matter surfaces and pial surfaces from which CT and SA measures were derived. Group differences in cortical volume, CT, and SA were computed using a general linear model covaried for age, sex, and handedness.

RESULTS:

Global cortical volume reductions in ARND did not reflect CT, which did not differ between groups. Instead, volume decreases were consistent with global SA reductions in bilateral frontal and temporal as well as right occipital regions. Local reductions in SA were observed in the right superior temporal gyrus and the right occipital-temporal region.

CONCLUSION:

Results suggest that in ARND, prenatal alcohol exposure perturbs global SA to a greater degree than CT, particularly in the right temporal lobe.

KEYWORDS:

ARND; MRI; cortical thickness; surface area

PMID:
24653953
PMCID:
PMC3937705
DOI:
10.1002/brb3.191
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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