Reduction of cerebellar volume in major depression: A controlled MRI study

P. Rodrigo Escalona, Bridget Early, William M. McDonald, P. Murali Doraiswamy, Sunjay A. Shah, Mustafa M. Husain, Orest B. Boyko, Gary S. Figiel, Everett H. Ellinwood, Charles B. Nemeroff, K. Ranga R Krishnan

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A systematic sampling stereological method of serially acquired axial intermediate T2‐weighted Spin echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain was used to measure cerebellar volume in 30 patients who fulfilled DSM III criteria for major depression and compared with 35 normal controls. The mean cerebellar volume of depressed patients was significantly smaller than the controls. This preliminary study adds new evidence for the possible participation of the cerebellum in the pathophysiology of major depression and warrants further investigation in this area. Depression 1:156–158 (1993). © 1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-158
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993


  • cerebellum
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • major depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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