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Br J Psychiatry. 2000 Jun;176:523-6.

Obstetric complications and affective psychoses. Two case-control studies based on structured obstetric records.

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  • 1Information and Statistics Division, National Health Service in Scotland, Edinburgh.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Unlike schizophrenia, little interest has been taken in the incidence of obstetric complications in affective psychoses.

AIMS:

To find out whether obstetric complications are more common in affective psychoses than matched controls.

METHOD:

Two hundred and seventeen probands with an in-patient diagnosis of affective psychosis who had been born in Scotland in 1971-74, and a further 84 born in 1975-78, were closely matched with controls and the incidence of obstetric complications in the two compared using obstetric data recorded in a set format shortly after birth.

RESULTS:

Abnormal presentation of the foetus was the only complication significantly more common in the affective probands in the 1971-74 birth cohort and artificial rupture of the membranes was the only event more common in the probands in the 1975-78 cohort. Both are probably chance findings.

CONCLUSION:

It is unlikely that the incidence of obstetric complications is raised in people with affective psychoses of early onset.

PMID:
10974956
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