The occurrence of organic disease of possible or probable aetiological significance in a population of 268 cases of first episode schizophrenia

Psychol Med. 1987 May;17(2):371-9. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700024922.

Abstract

In a sample of 268 cases of first-episode schizophrenia, 15 patients were found to have organic disease which appeared relevant to the mental state. There were three cases of syphilis, two cases of sarcoidosis, three of alcohol excess and two of drug abuse. There was one case each of carcinoma of the lung, autoimmune multisystem disease, cerebral cysticercosis, thyroid disease and previous head injury. In this series, identified organic disease was associated with less than 6% of cases of schizophrenia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Autoimmune Diseases / diagnosis
  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / diagnosis
  • Delusions / diagnosis
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Hallucinations / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Neurosyphilis / diagnosis
  • Sarcoidosis / diagnosis
  • Schizophrenia / diagnosis*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis
  • Thyrotoxicosis / diagnosis