The relationship between hippocampal volume, chronic pain, and depressive symptoms in older adults

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We aimed to test the hypothesis that the effect of chronic pain on depressive symptoms is mediated through hippocampal volume (HV). Participants were 131 non-demented adults over the age of 70 years from the Einstein Aging Study. Smaller right and left HV were both associated with higher depressive symptoms, but only smaller right HV was associated with chronic pain. In mediation models, right HV was a significant mediator for the effect of chronic pain on depression. Our findings suggest presence of a shared brain substrates between chronic pain and depression as reflected by right HV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-12
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatry Research - Neuroimaging
StatePublished - Jul 30 2019



  • Chronic pain
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Hippocampal volume

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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