A rare case of early onset childhood schizophrenia with predominant negative symptoms


  • Sravya Raja Department of Psychiatry, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Mounika Katyayani Kotturu Department of Pediatrics, NRI Medical College and Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Vamsi Krishna Reddy Kandriga Department of Pediatrics, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences-Sri Padmavathi Medical College for Women, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Vamsi Krishna Potla NRI Medical College and Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India




Early onset childhood Schizophrenia, Cognitive impairments, Developmental regression, Pervasive developmental disorders, Psychosis


Early onset childhood schizophrenia (<13 years) is often a rare disorder with an estimated prevalence of 1 in 30,000 children. The disease is characterized by hallucinations, delusions and cognitive impairments. It tends to present insidiously with a premorbid period of developmental delay or regression with declining academics. Often, the diagnosis of early onset schizophrenia is missed or sometimes misdiagnosed as pervasive developmental disorders. We here present a rare case of 10-year-old boy who showed behavioural abnormalities suggestive of psychosis.


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