FAT CELL NUMBER AND WEIGHT GAIN IN LITHIUM TREATED PATIENTS

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  • P. B. Vendsborg,

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    1. Psychochemistry Institute (Head: Professor O. J. Rafaelsen), University Department of Psychiatry (Heads: Professor V. Lunn, Professor O. J. Rajaelsen, T. Vanggaard, M. D.), Rigshospitalet, and the Children's Hospital Fuglebakken (Heads: H. Andersen M. D., E. Terslev, M. D.), Copenhgen, Denmark
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  • N. Bach-Mortensen,

    1. Psychochemistry Institute (Head: Professor O. J. Rafaelsen), University Department of Psychiatry (Heads: Professor V. Lunn, Professor O. J. Rajaelsen, T. Vanggaard, M. D.), Rigshospitalet, and the Children's Hospital Fuglebakken (Heads: H. Andersen M. D., E. Terslev, M. D.), Copenhgen, Denmark
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  • O. J. Rafaelsen

    1. Psychochemistry Institute (Head: Professor O. J. Rafaelsen), University Department of Psychiatry (Heads: Professor V. Lunn, Professor O. J. Rajaelsen, T. Vanggaard, M. D.), Rigshospitalet, and the Children's Hospital Fuglebakken (Heads: H. Andersen M. D., E. Terslev, M. D.), Copenhgen, Denmark
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P. B. Vendsborg Psychochemistry Institute Rigshospitalet 9 Blegdamsvej DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø Denmark

Abstract

Total amount of fat, fat cell size, and fat cell number were determined in 33 patients under long-term lithium treatment. The weight gain during the treatment was estimated both by the patients themselves (questionnaire) and from their records. A positive correlation between fat cell number and weight gain was found whereas the fat cell size showed no correlation to weight gain.

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