Are there physical exam findings that indicate schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The findings from a general physical examination are usually noncontributory. This examination is necessary to rule out other illnesses.

It is sometimes helpful to perform a neurologic examination as a baseline before initiating antipsychotic medications, because these drugs themselves can cause some neurological signs. Some patients with schizophrenia have motor disturbances before exposure to antipsychotic agents. Schizophrenia has been associated with left and mixed handedness, minor physical anomalies, and soft neurologic signs.


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