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Calcification of the basal ganglia apparently presenting as a schizophreniform psychosis
  1. Peter Hall


    A patient with gross basal ganglia calcification is described, whose condition was associated with severe psychotic symptoms and in whom the clinical picture was not typical of hypoparathyroidism, pseudohypoparathyroidism or pseudo-pseudohypoparathyroidism.

    Calcification of the basal ganglia may occur in a variety of infections, toxic and metabolic disorders, particularly hypoparathyroidism, pseudohypoparathyroidism, toxoplasmosis and some anoxic conditions (Moskowitz, Winickoff & Heinz, 1971).

    Though there is doubt as to the precise diagnosis in the present case, familial calcification appears to be the most probable.

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