What is the role of toxoplasma gondii infection in the development of suicidal behaviors?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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A relationship between Toxoplasma gondii infection in womean and self-destructive behavior was found in a study of 45,788 Danish women between 1992-1995. Toxoplasma- specific IgG antibodies were measured in connection with childbirth, and Pedersen and colleagues concluded that mothers with T gondii infection had an increased relative risk of self-directed violence compared with noninfected mothers (1.53 vs 1.85; 95% confidence interval, 1.27-1.85). Increasing IgG antibody levels appeared to indicate increased risk. [101]


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