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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 195-198

Study of cenesthesias and body image aberration in schizophrenia

1 Department of Psychiatry, G.B. Pant Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Agra, U.P, India
4 Resident, S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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B-2 Raja Park, Govind Marg, Mental Hospital Road, Jaipur - 302 004, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.55086

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Background: Abnormal body sensations are reported frequently by schizophrenic patients. Cenesthesias are infrequently recognized and diagnosis of cenesthopathic schizophrenia is rarely made. There are very few studies regarding the same. Aims and Objectives: To assess cenesthesias and different aspects of body image aberration and their relationship with psychopathology in patients with paranoid schizophrenia. Materials and Methods: Seventy patients of paranoid schizophrenia meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria were assessed with Positive and Negative Symptom Scale(PANSS) for psychopathology, Bonn Scale for Assessment of Basic Symptoms/Category D 'Cenesthesias' (BSABS), Image-Marking Procedure(IMP), alteration of body size and body cathexis. Assessments were made at baseline and after two weeks and assessed with SPSS 12.0. Results: The most commonly endorsed items on BSABS were depersonalization, motor weakness, abnormal pain, numbness and stiffness. Patients underestimated lower extremities and feelings of body size change which was positively correlated with PANSS-scores and improved on reassessment. Cenesthesias were positively correlated with disturbances of body concept and were present at onset in 40% and change form in 75.7%. Conclusions: Cenesthesias and body image aberrations are common in paranoid schizophrenia. They are present from onset in few, change form and improve on treatment. Cenesthesias and disturbances of body concept are correlated and body size is associated with other psychopathology.



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