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Minor physical anomalies and their relationship to the aetiology of schizophrenia

Murphy, K. C. and Owen, Michael John 1996. Minor physical anomalies and their relationship to the aetiology of schizophrenia. British Journal of Psychiatry 168 (2) , pp. 139-142. 10.1192/bjp.168.2.139

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BACKGROUND: Previous reports have suggested an increased prevalence of minor physical anomalies (MPAs) in schizophrenia. METHOD: A review of the literature was performed to examine the relationship between MPAs, schizophrenia and other disorders. RESULTS: Previous studies demonstrate a number of methodological shortcomings. Moreover, MPAs are found in several other psychiatric disorders. Proponents of the neurodevelopmental model of schizophrenia have focused on an environmental explanation for the increased prevalence of MPAs. We argue that this may be overly simplistic and propose various ways in which genetic factors may also be involved. CONCLUSIONS: Better studies should be performed to examine more precisely the nature of MPAs in schizophrenia and other disorders and also the relationship between MPAs and other developmental abnormalities. At present, it is unclear if MPAs are directly related to the pathogenesis of the disorder or even if they are related to the timing of critical events.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 0007-1250
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:39

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