There is no one cause of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is influenced by a number of factors, including genetics, chronic illness, brain chemistry and life experiences. Symptoms may vary from person to person.
One of the key strategies in the search for some biological basis for schizophrenia is to locate abnormalities in the structure of the brain. Comparing the size, volume, cell count and function of the brain can be undertaken during autopsy but, most significantly perhaps, the use of scanning techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)…