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Friday, March 27, 2009 Imelda, Community Member, asks

Q: can head injury lead to schizophrenia?

My son had a head injury while drinking with friends, because he was so drunk, he felt out of a friend's truck...I didn't even know until recently he told me...this happended like 7 years ago and he was fine after his injury, he didn't even go to the Hospital or nothing...he just remembered having a lot of pain...3 years ago he was diagnosed with schizophrenia...could it be part of his head injury? Is a CT Scan recommended after all this years?

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Jerry Kennard, Health Guide
4/ 3/09 5:27am

Hi Imelda,

 

A traumatic brain injury may increases the likelihood of developing a schizophrenia-type psychosis, but the evidence is neither strong nor consistent. However, your description goes nowhere near that of classic brain trauma. A delay of seven years may be a theoretical possibility in terms of risk factors, but I suspect it wouldn't come particularly high on the list. Of more interest would be family history, & perhaps lifestyle issues such as drugs and alcohol.

 

As to a CT scan - well I think that's something you would need to discuss with a medical professional.

 

Basic information about schizophrenia such as risk factors can be found on this site. Here's a link on understanding schizophrenia to get you started.

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By Imelda, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 03/27/09