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Recently, structural brain abnormalities as well as functional abnormalities of the brainstem have been reported in autistic children. The authors undertook an analytic study of the brainstem in autistic children by means of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The MRI scans of 29 autistic children were compared with 15 control MRI scans. The autistic children(More)
Midsagittal magnetic resonance images of the brains of retarded autistic children were compared to those of non-autistic mental retardation patients and controls. We found that the whole brain stem and particularly two of its components (the midbrain and medulla oblongata) were significantly smaller in retarded autistic children and mental retardation cases(More)
To determine involvements of the brainstem and/or cerebellum in autism, we compared midsagittal magnetic resonance images of the brains of high functioning autistic children with those of normal controls. We found that the midbrain and medulla oblongata were significantly smaller in these autistic children than in the control children. The pons area did not(More)
MRI was performed for 18 autistic patients, 11 patients with uncomplicated mental retardation (MR) and 18 controls. In autism and MR, and altered left/right relationship of the frontal lobe volume was observed. The altered asymmetry was more severe in autism than in MR. The brain stem was smaller in MR than in the controls, and the right operculum was(More)
We performed volume-selective proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) of the brain with a 1.5 T magnet in 28 patients with autism, and compared the results with those from 28 age-matched patients with unclassified mental retardation and 25 age-matched healthy children. Peaks for N-acetylaspartate, choline and creatine, but not lactate, were observed(More)
Studies of magnetic resonance images have revealed morphological disorders of the brainstem and cerebellum in autistic children and adults. When we studied development of the brainstem and cerebellum in autistic patients, we found that although the brainstem and cerebellum significantly increased in size with age in both autistic patients and controls,(More)
Recent reports have suggested functional abnormalities of the brain stem in autistic children, and structural abnormalities have also been reported. We obtained magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans for 21 autistic children and compared them with 21 control MRI scans. The areas of the brain stem and cerebellar vermis were measured using midsagittal images.(More)
The morphological development of the brainstem was studied by means of MR imaging. The subjects were 74 cases ranging in age from 4 months to 16 years, and 6 adult cases. The brainstem development was rapid until 4-6 years of age and thereafter it slowed down. That is the brainstem showed exponential growth (w', t', v and u). The relationship between(More)
To determine the characteristics of multimodal evoked potentials (MEPs) in childhood-onset dentatorubral-palli-doluysian atrophy (DRPLA) we studied three DRPLA patients with progressive myoclonus epilepsy. Brainstem auditory evoked potentials showed reduced or absent brainstem components as well as delayed latencies. In addition, short latency somatosensory(More)
Ten patients with infantile spasms underwent brainstem evoked potentials and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination to evaluate brainstem involvement. Short latency somatosensory evoked potentials and auditory brainstem responses were abnormal in seven and five of the 10 patients, respectively. MRI findings were abnormal in nine of the 10 patients.(More)