J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 43:1065-1069 doi:10.1136/jnnp.43.12.1065
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Unsuspected organic disease in chronic schizophrenia demonstrated by computed tomography

  1. D G Cunningham Owens*,
  2. E C Johnstone*,
  3. G M Bydder,
  4. L Kreel
  1. *Division of Psychiatry, Clinical Research Centre, Harrow, England
  2. Division of Radiology†, Clinical Research Centre, Harrow, England


      Unsuspected intracranial pathology was demonstrated in 12 of 136 chronic schizophrenic patients examined by computed tomography (CT). Seven cases of cerebral infarction were found, and one each of porencephalic cyst, meningioma, cystic enlargement of the pineal body, and two of subdural haematoma. Attention is drawn to the value of CT in demonstrating organic disease in schizophrenia.