Numerous neuropathologic and imaging studies have reported different structural abnormalities in the brains of autistic subjects. However, whether or not the degree of brain abnormality is correlated with the severity of developmental impairment in autistic disorder is still unknown. The midsagittal area of the cerebrum, corpus callosum, midbrain, cerebellar vermis, and vermal lobules VI and VII was measured by means of magnetic resonance imaging in 22 boys with low-functioning autistic disorder and in 11 age-matched normal controls. Morphometric measures were statistically compared between groups and correlated with age and scores on the Psychoeducational Profile-Revised and the Childhood Autism Rating Scale. A significant negative correlation was found between midsagittal area of the cerebrum and age in patients with autistic disorder, and a positive correlation was found between the midsagittal area of the midbrain and some subscales of the Psychoeducational Profile - Revised.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Child Neurology|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health