n African Journal of Psychiatry - Can we close the barn door before the horses get out? A case study of high genetic loading and subsequent development of psychosis : scientific letter

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



We would like to report on a 10 year old girl who was referred to a genetic study of schizophrenia in the Afrikaner population because of a high familial genetic loading. This patient subsequently at the age of 16 years was diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. The initial presentation at 10 years of age as well as the course of illness until the diagnosis of psychosis was made will be reported on. Possible predictors of the ultimate development of psychosis will be highlighted and the continuous follow-up of a high-risk case is emphasized.

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