An Introduction To The Caudate In Schizophrenia

Volume 2 Issue 1
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Abstract

Introduction
The caudate forms the medial part of the striatum and has clear involvement with both cognitive and motor functions. Damage to this structure has been reported to produce a ‘schizophrenia-like’ state, and so has been the subject of some investigation. As with the adjacent putamen, the caudate receives dopaminergic input from the nigrostriatal tract, with recent imaging studies suggesting a pronounced effect of anti-psychotic medication on the size of this structure.

Key words: Basal Ganglia, Caudate, Schizophrenia