Brain glucose metabolism in violent psychiatric patients: a preliminary study

Psychiatry Res. 1995 Nov 10;61(4):243-53. doi: 10.1016/0925-4927(95)02671-j.


Positron emission tomography with 18F-deoxyglucose was used to evaluate regional brain glucose metabolism in eight normal subjects and eight psychiatric patients with a history of repetitive violent behavior. Seven of the patients showed widespread areas of low brain metabolism. Although the location of the abnormal regions varied among patients, they showed significantly lower relative metabolic values in medial temporal and prefrontal cortices than did normal comparison subjects. These regions have been implicated as substrates for aggression and impulsivity, and their dysfunction may have contributed to the patients' violent behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / diagnostic imaging*
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Cerebral Cortex / diagnostic imaging*
  • Deoxyglucose / analogs & derivatives
  • Deoxyglucose / metabolism
  • Energy Metabolism / physiology
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
  • Frontal Lobe / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reference Values
  • Temporal Lobe / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed*
  • Violence / psychology*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
  • Deoxyglucose