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Schizo-obsessive disorder and neurosurgery for schizophrenia
  1. Calvin Howard
  1. Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Calvin Howard; calvin.howard{at}


Schizophrenia likely represents a cluster of diseases presenting with delusions, hallucinations, disorganised behaviour and disorganised thought. Currently, medical therapy struggles to treat a substantial portion of patients, but with improved stratification of component diseases, it may be possible to better understand and treat schizophrenia. The overlap between schizophrenia, schizo-obsessive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder is discussed within the context of a clinical case and neuroimaging data. Furthermore, the use of obsessive-compulsive disorder deep brain stimulation protocols for schizo-obsessive disorder is discussed and may yield an advance in neurosurgical treatment of psychiatric conditions.

  • schizophrenia
  • neurosurgery
  • psychiatry
  • neuroimaging

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  • Contributors CH is the sole contributor of this work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.