Microstructural white matter abnormalities in hypothyroidism evaluation with diffusion tensor imaging tract-based spatial statistical analysis

Gunbey H. P. , Has A. C. , ASLAN K., Saglam D., AVCI U. , SAYIT A. T. , ...More

RADIOLOGIA MEDICA, vol.126, no.2, pp.283-290, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 126 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11547-020-01234-7
  • Title of Journal : RADIOLOGIA MEDICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.283-290


Purpose Hypothyroidism is presented in a wide range from neuropsychiatric problems including depression, memory and cognitive disorders to poor motor coordination. Against the background of morphologic, functional and molecular changes on the white and grey matter of the brain, we aimed to investigate the effects of hypothyroidism on white matter (WM) integrity using tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS). Methods Eighteen patients with hyperthyroidism and 14 age-sex-matched healthy control subjects were included in this study. TBSS was used in the diffusion tensor imaging study for whole-brain voxel wise analysis of fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (AD) and radial diffusivity (RD) of WM. Results When compared to the control group, the whole brain TBSS revealed extensive reductions of FA in the supratentorial WM including corticospinal tract, posterior limb of the internal capsule (PLIC), uncinate fasciculus, inferior longitudinal fasciculus (p < 0.005). The ROI analyses showed RD increment of superior longitudinal fasciculus, AD decrement of cingulum (CIN), external capsule, PLIC and corpus callosum (CC) in patients with hypothyroidism (p < 0.005). Autoimmune and non-autoimmune hypothyroidism patient subgroups showed a significant difference in terms of hippocampus FA, CIN MD, CC MD, CC AD, CIN RD, SLF RD, CC RD (p < 0.005). CIN FA values showed a negative correlation with the Beck Depression Inventory (p = 0.007,r = - 852). Conclusions These preliminary results of TBSS analyses represented FA and AD decrement, and RD increment in several WM tracts and indicates the demyelination process underlying pathophysiology of clinical aspects of hypothyroidism.