Brain ventricular size and CSF monoamine metabolites in an adolescent inpatient population

W. Stanley Jennings, S. Charles Schulz, Nedathur Narasimhachari, Robert M. Hamer, Robert O. Friedel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations

Abstract

The cerebrospinal fluid monoamine metabolites, homovanillic acid (HVA) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5HIAA), were compared with ventricle-brain ratios (VBRs) in a group of adolescent inpatients who were divided into psychotic and nonpsychotic groups. HVA, 5HIAA, and VBR did not differ significantly between the two groups. There were no significant relationships between these variables in the nonpsychotic group. Psychotic adolescents, however, displayed significant negative correlations between VBR and HVA, and between VBR and 5HIAA. The relationship between VBR and monoamine metabolites appears to occur in psychoses other than schizophrenia, is present early in the course of illness, and probably does not represent a dilutional effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1985

Keywords

  • 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acis
  • Ventricle-brain ratio
  • adolescent inpatients
  • homovanillic acid
  • psychosis
  • schizophrenia

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Brain ventricular size and CSF monoamine metabolites in an adolescent inpatient population'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this