Is the Caudate, Putamen, and Globus Pallidus the Delusional Disorder's Trio? A Texture Analysis Study




delusional disorder, caudate nucleus, putamen, globus pallidus, computer-assisted image processing, magnetic resonance imaging


Background: The neurobiological basis of delusional disorder is less explored through neuroimaging techniques than in other psychotic disorders. This study aims to provide information about the neural origins of delusional disorder (DD) by examining the neuroanatomical features of some basal nuclei with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) texture analysis.

Materials and Methods: Twenty DD patients and 20 healthy individuals were included in the study. Globus pallidus, putamen, and caudate nuclei were selected individually with a region of interest (ROI) on the axial MRI images. The entire texture analysis algorithm applied to all selected ROIs was done with an in-house software. Nuclei on both sides were taken as separate samples.

Results: There were no significant differences between groups in terms of age and gender. The average “mean, median and maximum” values of all three nuclei were decreased in DD patients. The small putamen area and the differences detected in different tissue parameters for all three nuclei in delusional disorder patients indicate that they differ in delusional disorder from normal controls (p < 0.05).

Conclusion: The differences detected in the texture parameters for all three nuclei indicate that there is something different in the DD from in the normal controls. Neuroimaging studies with larger samples and different techniques in the future may shed light on the etiology of delusional disorder.




How to Cite

Baykara, Murat, and Sema Baykara. “Is the Caudate, Putamen, and Globus Pallidus the Delusional Disorder’s Trio? A Texture Analysis Study”. Actas Españolas De Psiquiatría, vol. 52, no. 3, June 2024, pp. 256-67, doi:10.62641/aep.v52i3.1604.