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Int J Neurosci. 1990 Nov;55(1):1-59.

The relationship of negative schizophrenia to parkinsonism.

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Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY 10461.


The positive-negative distinction of schizophrenia has emerged as a valid means of clarifying its heterogeneity. Despite evidence that the two symptom classes may reflect different dimensions of the disease, there is presently no integrated model for understanding of the pathophysiology of these symptoms and their co-occurrence in schizophrenia. We propose that negative phenomena of schizophrenia may be a variant of Parkinsonism. This view is supported by the overlap with Parkinsonism in terms of clinical features, neurochemistry, pharmacology, as well as neuroradiological and neuropathological aspects. As such, negative symptoms may be a manifestation of disease of the basal ganglia and constitute the core pathology in schizophrenia. Positive symptoms, conversely, may reflect an "accessory" process related to a compensatory increase in striatal and limbic dopamine activity following an injury to the dopaminergic system. In the present communication we present a series of studies that support the association of negative schizophrenia and Parkinsonism. Based on this evidence, we suggest that schizophrenic patients with prominent negative symptoms might be managed like patients with Parkinson's disease, namely, with dopaminergic drugs and MAO-B inhibitors. Finally, the association of negative schizophrenia with Parkinsonism raises the possibility that adrenal medullary tissue transplantation, which may benefit a selected group of Parkinsonian patients, may be a future promising therapy for refractory negative schizophrenia.

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