Patients with their first episode of psychosis, a sign of schizophrenia, should be tested for an alternative disorder, according to an expert.
A small number of patients admitted to hospital with schizophrenia-like symptoms actually have another condition which attacks the brain, a Brisbane study says.
The neuronal autoimmune disorder, revealed through a blood test, can be treated early giving patients the best chance of a very good outcome.
“If they get the treatment for schizophrenia, they won’t recover, they will stay disabled all their lives,” Associate Professor James Scott told AAP.
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