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Increased corneal temperature in drug-free male schizophrenia patients.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Neuropsychopharmacology
0924-977X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
13
Issue
1
Pages
49–52
Identifiers
PMID: 12480122
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Schizophrenia patients may exhibit altered body temperature. We hypothesized that drug-free patients may have a higher corneal temperature than normal subjects. The corneal temperature of seven remitted drug-free schizophrenia outpatients and seven healthy volunteers was evaluated with a flir thermal imaging camera. A significantly higher corneal temperature was observed in the patient group (34.60+/-1.89 vs. 33.05+/-0.58 degrees C; P=0.005) and it correlated with their BPRS score (r=0.82; P=0.024). The relevance of these preliminary findings merit further investigation.

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