Schizophreniform Disorder Workup

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Ravinder N Bhalla, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Approach Considerations

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) notes that for schizophreniform disorder, as for schizophrenia, there are currently no specific laboratory or psychometric tests. [1] However, laboratory tests, including a complete blood count (CBC), measurement of electrolyte concentrations, drug screening, and thyroid studies, may help rule out other conditions that can cause the symptoms.

Neuroimaging, neuropathologic, and neurophysiologic research has detected abnormalities in multiple brain regions. For example, schizophreniform disorder and schizophrenia may be associated with a decrease in right frontal white-matter volume in the early stages of disease. [12] However, none of these findings are diagnostic.