Autoimmune risk may increase after infections among schizophrenia patients

10/30/2013 | Healio (free registration)

Research in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that infections may be a factor in the increased risk of autoimmune diseases for people with schizophrenia and relatives of people with the condition. Researchers analyzed data on 3.83 million patients in Denmark. "The increased risk of subsequent autoimmune diseases in individuals with schizophrenia may involve neuropsychiatric manifestations from the undiagnosed autoimmune disease, medical treatment or lifestyle associated with schizophrenia, or common etiological mechanisms, such as infections and shared genetic factors," researchers said.

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