How is schizophrenia differentiated from idiopathic calcification of the basal ganglia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Idiopathic calcification of the basal ganglia is a rare disorder that tends to present as psychosis in patients who become symptomatic early in adulthood; those presenting later in life typically present with dementia and a motor system disorder. Schizophrenialike symptoms may precede the onset of intellectual deterioration and extrapyramidal motor disturbances. [73]


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