Auditory-verbal hallucinations (AVHs) are associated with an impaired connectivity of large-scale networks. To examine the relationship between white-matter integrity and AVHs, we conducted a meta-analysis of diffusion-tensor-imaging studies that compared patients with schizophrenia and AVHs with matched healthy controls (HCs). Five studies were retained gathering 256 DTI data points, divided into AVHs (n=106) and HCs (n=150). The meta-analysis demonstrated a reduced fractional anisotropy in the left Arcuate Fasciculus (AF) of hallucinators (hg= -0.42; CI[-0.69,-0.16]; p<10(-3)). The current meta-analysis confirmed disruptions of white matter integrity in the left AF bundle of schizophrenia patients with AVHs.
- Auditory-Verbal Hallucinations (AVH)
- Diffusion-Weighted Imaging (DWI)
- Arcuate Fasciculus (AF)
- Sensitivity exclusion analysis