Anterior cingulate grey-matter deficits and cannabis use in first-episode schizophrenia

Philip R. Szeszko, Delbert G. Robinson, Serge Sevy, Sanjiv Kumra, Claudia I. Rupp, Julia D. Betensky, Todd Lencz, Manzar Ashtari, John M. Kane, Anil K. Malhotra, Handan Gunduz-Bruce, Barbara Napolitano, Robert M. Bilder

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Abstract

Background: Despite the high prevalence of cannabis use in schizophrenia, few studies have examined the potential relationship between cannabis exposure and brain structural abnormalities in schizophrenia. Aims: To investigate prefrontal grey and white matter regions in patients experiencing a first episode of schizophrenia with an additional diagnosis of cannabis use or dependence (n=20) compared with similar patients with no cannabis use (n=31) and healthy volunteers (n=56). Method: Volumes of the superior frontal gyrus, anterior cingulate gyrus and orbital frontal lobe were outlined manually from contiguous magnetic resonance images and automatically segmented into grey and white matter. Results: Patients who used cannabis had less anterior cingulate grey matter compared with both patients who did not use cannabis and healthy volunteers. Conclusions: A defect in the anterior cingulate is associated with a history of cannabis use among patients experiencing a first episode of schizophrenia and could have a role in poor decision-making and in choosing more risky outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume190
Issue numberMAR.
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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