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2020 Mar 02

Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry


Grey matter volume alterations in trigeminal neuralgia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of voxel-based morphometry studies.


Tang Y, Wang M, Zheng T, Yuan F, Yang H, Han F, Chen G
Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2020 Mar 02; 98:109821.
PMID: 31756417.


In recent decades, a growing number of structural neuroimaging studies of grey matter (GM) in trigeminal neuralgia (TN) have reported inconsistent alterations. We carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis to identify consistent and replicable GM volume abnormalities using effect-size signed differential mapping (ES-SDM). Furthermore, we conducted a meta-regression to explore the potential effects of clinical characteristics on GM volume alterations in patients with TN. A total of 13 studies with 15 datasets, representing 407 TN patients and 376 healthy individuals, were included in the present study. The results revealed that TN patients had GM volume abnormalities mainly in the basal ganglia, including the putamen, nucleus accumbens (NAc), caudate nucleus and amygdala, as well as the cingulate cortex (CC), thalamus, insula and superior temporal gyrus (STG). The meta-regression analysis showed that verbal rating scale (VRS) scores were negatively correlated with decreased GM volume in the left striatum and that illness duration was negatively correlated with decreased GM volume in the left STG and left insula. These results provide a thorough profile of GM volume alterations in TN patients and constitute robust evidence that aberrant GM volumes in the brain regions regulating and moderating sensory-motor and affective processing may play an important role in the pathophysiology of TN.