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COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY OF THE BRAIN IN CHRONIC ALCOHOLISM
A SURVEY AND FOLLOW-UP STUDY

M. A. RON, W. ACKER, G. K. SHAW, W. A. LISHMAN
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/brain/105.3.497 497-514 First published online: 1 September 1982

Summary

One hundred male alcoholics from an inpatient treatment unit were examined by computerized axial tomography. All were without clinically overt signs of brain damage. Fifty age-matched normal volunteers were used for comparison. Radiological indices differed markedly between the two groups, reflecting a high incidence of cortical shrinkage and ventricular dilatation among the alcoholics. Clinicoradiological correlations are discussed and the results of follow-up with rescanning are reported. Abstinence appeared to be strongly related to slow partial resolution of the CT scan changes.