Largest brain structure analysis to date, and first analysis of cortical thickness, in people with body dysmorphic disorder

April 18, 2015

Investigators Dr. Sarah Madsen, Dr. Jamie Feusner, along with other colleagues compared gray matter thickness and brain volumes in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder compared with healthy controls. This is the largest neuroimaging analysis to date in people with BDD. Although there were no significant abnormalities in gray matter volumes or thickness, greater anxiety was associated with gray matter thickness and volume in different brain regions in people with BDD. The results suggest that patterns of brain structure in BDD vary with degree of clinical symptoms, rather than there being major differences from healthy controls.

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