Neurological examination in obsessive-compulsive disorder.

P. Caramelli, M. A. de Lima, E. Stip, L. A. Bacheschi

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Recent studies suggest the occurrence of a neurological dysfunction in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The purpose of the present study was to verify the clinical value of a neurological evaluation in patients with the disease. We submitted 15 patients with OCD (five of whom were under clomipramine) and 15 controls in a detailed neurological examination, including assessment of the neurological soft-signs. Eleven patients (73.3 percent) and four controls (26.7 percent) presented abnormalities on examination. The main findings among the patients were: palmomental reflex (six cases); mirror movements (five cases); agraphestesia and dysdiadochokinesia (three cases). Three out of the four patients who had a normal examination were on clomipramine. Palmomental reflex was the main finding among the controls. These results, although preliminary, stress the interest and usefulness of performing a detailed neurological examination in OCD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1255-1258
Number of pages4
JournalSao Paulo Medical Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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