The partial serotonin agonist m-chlorophenylpiperazine (m-CPP) has been reported to increase obsessive-compulsive symptoms in some patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The authors investigated the underlying physiological mechanisms of this variable exacerbation by imaging regional cerebral blood flow with the planar xenon-133 method after administration of oral m-CPP (0.5 mg/kg). Seven patients who responded to m-CPP with symptomatic exacerbation had a marked increase in global cortical perfusion (18.1%), in contrast to the remaining 7 nonresponders to m-CPP, who showed no change. These results suggest that m-CPP exacerbation of OCD symptoms is associated with increased cortical blood flow.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health