Evoked response potentials and regional cerebral blood flow in somatization disorder

Leigh James*, Andrew Singer, Yvonne Zurynski, Evian Gordon, Claudia Kraiuhin, Anthony Harris, Alan Howson, Russell Meares

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Abstract

Somatization disorder (SMD) is a chronic condition characterized by multiple complaints which are not due to any apparent organic illness but frequently involve pain. This study employs computer-aided imaging technologies to examine brain function in thousandths of a second (event-related brain potentials) and over a number of minutes (regional cerebral blood flow). Fourteen patients with SMD and 14 normal controls were investigated. Results from both studies suggest that patients with SMD have a dysfunction in the processes of attention, compared to normal controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-196
Number of pages7
JournalPsychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Volume47
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987

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