Regional cerebral blood flow in schizophrenia: repeated studies during a psychotic episode

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Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) measurements and clinical ratings were performed on 17 schizophrenic patients and a subgroup of 10 medication-free patients before and after treatment. While clinically exacerbated patients had normal blood flow, patients in remission showed a redistribution of flow with lower values in frontal areas. Anteroposterior ratios correlated with the degree of behavioral disturbances, suggesting that the level of frontal lobe activity in schizophrenia may be a function of the patient's clinical state at the time of study.

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  • Medical and Health Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-38
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume35
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes