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BACKGROUND A genetic syndrome associated with schizophrenia, 22q11 deletion syndrome (22qDS), may represent a genetic subtype of schizophrenia (22qDS-Sz). Structural brain changes are common in schizophrenia and may involve developmental anomalies, but there are no data yet for 22qDS-Sz. The objective of this study was to assess brain structure in adults(More)
Genetic syndromes associated with deletions at chromosome 22q11 generally have been diagnosed during childhood based on a constellation of physical features. To investigate a reported association of velocardiofacial syndrome with psychotic disorders in adults, we assessed subjects with DSM-IV schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who were referred with(More)
Congenital dysmorphic features are prevalent in schizophrenia and may reflect underlying neurodevelopmental abnormalities. A cluster analysis approach delineating patterns of dysmorphic features has been used in genetics to classify individuals into more etiologically homogeneous subgroups. In the present study, this approach was applied to schizophrenia,(More)
Recent studies have observed anticipation (earlier age at onset (AAO) or increased disease severity in successive generations) in familial schizophrenia. In other disorders, where the molecular mechanism (repeat expansion) is known, anticipation varies in degree depending on the sex of the transmitting parent. We investigated parental sex effects on(More)
BACKGROUND 22q11 Deletion Syndrome (22qDS) is a genetic syndrome associated with various physical features and schizophrenia. Some reports have identified thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 150 x 10(9)/l) in individuals with 22qDS, especially children. We investigated whether adults with 22qDS and schizophrenia (22qDS-SZ) have lower platelet counts than(More)
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