White Matter Abnormalities Link Depression, Concussion

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Similar brain abnormalities could indicate a common pathophysiology between the diseases.

White matter brain abnormalities in some patients with depression disorders closely resemble abnormalities found in patients who have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), more commonly known as concussion, according to new research presented by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

The researchers, who also studied anxiety in concussion patients who underwent imaging, believe determining these white-matter injuries also could help guide treatment in people who suffer such symptoms, whether they are due to trauma or not.

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