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Antibodies in brain 'can cause psychosis'

A small number of patients admitted to hospital with schizophrenia-like symptoms actually have another condition which attacks the brain, a Brisbane study says.

The neuronal autoimmune disorder, revealed through a blood test, can be treated early, giving patients the best chance of a very good outcome.

"If they get the treatment for schizophrenia, they won't recover, they will stay disabled all their lives," said Associate Professor James Scott.

He presented his team's findings to the annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

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