اختلالات عصبی در میان فرزندان افراد مبتلا به اسکیزوفرنی: ارتباط با آسیب شناسی روانی پیش مرضى
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|35368||2009||7 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||5703 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Schizophrenia Research, Volume 108, Issues 1–3, March 2009, Pages 163–169
Background Neurological Examination Abnormalities (NEA, often called “neurological soft signs”) have been observed in early schizophrenia and may be heritable. We investigated the prevalence, and neurocognitive and psychopathological correlates of NEA among offspring of schizophrenia patients who are at increased genetic risk for this illness. Methods Neurological examinations were conducted on high risk (HR, n = 74) and healthy comparison subjects (HS, n = 86), using the Heinrichs–Buchanan scale. Cognitive–perceptual (CogPer) and repetitive motor (RepMot) subscores, and total NEA scores were computed. All HR and HS were assessed using K-SADS/SCID for diagnoses. Schizotypy was measured using the Magical Ideation and the Perceptual Aberration subscales (Chapman scale), attention using Continuous Performance Test (CPT-IP) and executive functions using the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST). Results CogPer (F(1,160) = 7.14, p = 0.008) but not RepMot NEA scores were higher in HR subjects compared to HS after controlling for age and sex. CogPer NEA scores were higher in HR subjects with axis I psychopathology compared to those without (F(2,170) – 6.41, p = 0.002). HR subjects had higher schizotypy scores (composite of the magical ideation and perceptual aberration scales) (F(1,141) = 23.25, p = 0.000004). Schizotypy scores were negatively correlated with sustained attention and executive functions. In addition, schizotypy was positively correlated with CogPer NEA scores. Conclusions Young relatives at increased genetic risk for schizophrenia show more frequent NEA. CogPer but not RepMot NEA scores were elevated, consistent with our prior observation of CogPer NEA being relatively specific for schizophrenia. The observed relationships between NEA, cognitive impairments, schizotypy and axis I disorders suggest that NEA may characterize a subgroup of HR offspring at an elevated risk for psychopathology.
Neurological Examination Abnormalities (NEA), also called ‘soft’ neurological signs, are observed in a substantial portion of patients with schizophrenia. These are subtle neurological abnormalities comprising impairments in motor function and sensory integration, and persistence of primitive reflexes. NEA have been well documented in first episode antipsychotic naïve (Sanders et al., 1994 and Venkatasubramanian et al., 2003), and treated subjects with schizophrenia (Chen et al., 2005), and may be more prominent in schizophrenia compared to other psychiatric disorders both among those with adult onset and adolescent onset (Heinrichs and Buchanan, 1988, Keshavan et al., 2003a, Woods et al., 1986 and Zabala et al., 2006). NEA may also distinguish those at genetic risk for schizophrenia from those at risk for other mental disorders (Schubert and McNeil, 2004 and Schubert and McNeil, 2005). Syndromal heterogeneity within schizophrenia may be related to NEA (Arango et al., 2000 and Tosato and Dazzan, 2005). In addition, cognitive deficits are related to NEA in schizophrenia (Arango et al., 1999 and Sanders et al., 2004) and among family members of subjects with schizophrenia (Hyde et al., 2007 and Sanders et al., 2006). The significance of NEA is further highlighted by their association with poor premorbid function (Quitkin et al., 1976), earlier onset of the illness (Torrey, 1980), cognitive impairment (Arango et al., 1999, Flashman et al., 1996 and Mohr et al., 1996), ventricular enlargement (Mohr et al., 1996) and poor long term outcome (Bombin et al., 2005, Heinrichs and Buchanan, 1988, Johnstone et al., 1990, Mohr et al., 1996 and Torrey, 1980). The etiology of NEA is uncertain although they point to abnormal neurodevelopmental trajectory with genetic underpinnings. In support of this proposition, NEA have been documented among subjects genetically at risk for developing schizophrenia (Gourion et al., 2003, Kinney et al., 1999, Schubert and McNeil, 2005 and Woods et al., 1986) but who have not yet manifested the clinical symptoms of psychosis. Interestingly, in a study on a small sample of young healthy adolescents, first episode schizophrenia and non-schizophrenia patients, an inverse correlation of NEA scores with age among the healthy adolescents, a trend for inverse correlation among non-schizophrenia patients and no correlation with age among the schizophrenia patients was observed (Zabala et al., 2006). These observations suggest that NEA may be developmentally mediated, and tend to decrease in frequency as the brain matures. Such a process may be impaired among those at genetic risk for developing schizophrenia. NEA and the pathophysiology of schizophrenia may share a common genetic background that affects the neurodevelopmental trajectory. A recent preliminary study on eight multiplex multigenerational families with at least two members with schizophrenia in each family provides suggestive evidence for heritability of certain NEA (Sanders et al., 2006). The same authors observed that the heritable NEA correlated with many neurocognitive impairments that were found to be heritable in a larger set of multiplex multigenerational families (Gur et al., 2007). However, so far no specific genetic variant has been associated with NEA. We have used an abbreviated version of the Neurological Evaluation Scale (NES) (Buchanan and Heinrichs, 1989). The abbreviated version resulted from inter-rater reliability studies (Sanders et al., 1998) and factor analyses (Keshavan et al., 2003a, Sanders et al., 2005 and Sanders et al., 2000). Principal factors showed differences in relationships with diagnosis (Keshavan et al., 2003a), cognition (Sanders et al., 2004) and neuroanatomy (Keshavan et al., 2003a). We have found that cognitive-perceptual tasks are specifically impaired in schizophrenia among the psychotic disorders, are more strongly related with cognitive functioning, and are uniquely related to heteromodal cortex volume. In this study, we examined whether the presence of NEA would identify young relatives at even higher risk for developing schizophrenia. As a first step in that direction, our goal was to examine whether NEA was associated with increased risk for axis I disorders and for schizophrenia spectrum psychopathology among offspring of schizophrenia patients. Based on prior results, we hypothesized that: (a) the NEA associated with cognitive domains will be increased among the offspring of schizophrenia patients compared to healthy controls, and (b) the cognitive NEA will be associated with increased frequency of psychopathology among offspring of schizophrenia patients. In addition, we also hypothesized that the cognitive NEA and schizotypy scores will be correlated with neuropsychological measures.