Resumo Introdução: O transtorno do humor bipolar (THB) é uma condição debilitante que afeta aproximadamente 1,3% das pessoas em todo o mundo, embora alguns estudos relatem uma prevalência acumulada de até 3,9% e de 4-6% em adultos quando os critérios diagnósticos mais abrangentes são aplicados. Objetivo: Comparar as diferenças nos volumes totais de substância branca (SB), corpo caloso (CC) e volume total de substância cinzenta (SC) em pacientes com THB tipo I em estágios iniciais e tardios em comparação com controles. Métodos: Cinquenta e cinco sujeitos foram incluídos neste protocolo de estudo. O desenho de caso com duplo controle incluiu 14 pacientes com THB em estágio inicial; 15 pacientes com THB em fase tardia; e seus respectivos controles correspondentes (14 e 12 sujeitos). Resultados: Os volumes do CC e total de SB foram significativamente menores nos pacientes com THB nos estágios iniciais e tardios vs. controles. Não houve diferença para o volume total de SC no grupo em estágio inicial, mas em pacientes em fase tardia o volume total de SC foi significativamente menor do que nos controles. A redução do volume total de SC em pacientes em fase tardia está de acordo com a teoria da neuroprogressão do THB. A redução dos volumes de SB em SB total e no CC em fases precoces e tardias suporta a possibilidade de que um processo de desmielinização precoce poderia ocorrer subjacente à manifestação clínica de THB. Conclusão: Nossos achados podem direcionar a investigação de anormalidades da SB em populações de alto risco para o desenvolvimento de THB, talvez como biomarcadores precoces antes da síndrome aberta.
Abstract Introduction: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a debilitating mood condition that affects approximately 1.3% of people worldwide, although some studies report up to 3.9% lifetime prevalence and 4-6% in adults when broad diagnostic criteria are applied. Objective: To compare differences in total white matter (WM), corpus callosum (CC) and total gray matter (GM) volumes in patients with type I BD at early and late stages compared with controls. Methods: Fifty-five subjects were enrolled in this study protocol. The double case-control design included 14 patients with BD at early stage; 15 patients at late stage; and their respective matched controls (14 and 12 subjects). Results: CC and total WM volumes were significantly smaller in patients with BD at early and late stages vs. controls. There was no difference for total GM volume in the early stage group, but in patients at late stage total GM volume was significantly smaller than in controls. The total GM volume reduction in patients at late stage is in agreement with the neuroprogression theory of BD. The reduction of WM volumes in total WM and in the CC at early and late stages supports the possibility that an early demyelination process could occur underlying the clinical manifestation of BD. Conclusion: Our findings may direct to the investigation of WM abnormalities in populations at high risk to develop BD, perhaps as early biomarkers before the overt syndrome.
Objectives: To describe the frequency of brain tissue donation for research purposes by families of individuals that committed suicide. Methods: All requests for brain tissue donation to a brain biorepository made to the families of individuals aged 18-60 years who had committed suicide between March 2014 and February 2016 were included. Cases presenting with brain damage due to acute trauma were excluded. Results: Fifty-six cases of suicide were reported. Of these, 24 fulfilled the exclusion criteria, and 11 others were excluded because no next of kin was found to provide informed consent. Of the 21 remaining cases, brain tissue donation was authorized in nine (tissue fragments in seven and the entire organ in two). Conclusions: Donation of brain tissue from suicide cases for research purposes is feasible. The acceptance rate of 42.8% in our sample is in accordance with international data on such donations, and similar to rates reported for neurodegenerative diseases.
Objectives:Staging models for medical diseases are widely used to guide treatment and prognosis. Bipolar disorder (BD) is a chronic condition and it is among the most disabling disorders in medicine. The staging model proposed by Kapczinski in 2009 presents four progressive clinical stages of BD. Our aim was to evaluate pharmacological maintenance treatment across these stages in patients with BD.Methods:One hundred and twenty-nine subjects who met DSM-IV criteria for BD were recruited from the Bipolar Disorders Program at Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil. All patients were in remission. The subjects were classified according to the staging model: 31 subjects were classified as stage I, 44 as stage II, 31 as stage III, and 23 as stage IV.Results:Patterns of pharmacological treatment differed among the four stages (p = 0.001). Monotherapy was more frequent in stage I, and two-drug combinations in stage II. Patients at stages III and IV needed three or more medications or clozapine. Impairment in functional status (Functioning Assessment Short Test [FAST] scale scores) correlated positively with the number of medications prescribed.Conclusions:This study demonstrated differences in pharmacological treatment in patients with stable BD depending on disease stage. Treatment response can change with progression of BD. Clinical guidelines could consider the staging model to guide treatment effectiveness.