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Religiosity is associated with hippocampal but not amygdala volumes in patients with refractory epilepsy.
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PMID:  15026516     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between the behavioural triad of hyper-religiosity, hypergraphia and hyposexuality in epilepsy, and volumes of the mesial temporal structures. METHOD: Magnetic resonance images were obtained from 33 patients with refractory epilepsy and mesial temporal structure volumes assessed. Amygdala and hippocampal volumes were then compared in high and low scorers on the religiosity, writing, and sexuality sub-scales of the Neurobehavioural Inventory. RESULTS: Patients with high ratings on the religiosity scale had significantly smaller right hippocampi. Religiosity scores rated by both patient and carer showed a significant negative correlation with right hippocampal volumes in this group. There were no other differences in amygdala or hippocampal volumes between these groups, or between high and low scorers on the writing and sexuality sub-scales. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that right hippocampal volumes are negatively correlated with religiosity in patients with refractory epilepsy.
J Wuerfel; E S Krishnamoorthy; R J Brown; L Lemieux; M Koepp; L Tebartz van Elst; M R Trimble
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0022-3050     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-17     Completed Date:  2004-04-19     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985191R     Medline TA:  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  640-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Raymond Way Neuropsychiatry Research Group, University Department of Clinical Neurology, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Amygdala / pathology*
Dementia / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  psychology
Disease Progression
Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
Epilepsies, Partial / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  psychology
Hippocampus / pathology*
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
Neuropsychological Tests
Religion and Medicine*
Religion and Psychology*
Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis,  physiopathology,  psychology
Statistics as Topic
Temporal Lobe / pathology

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