Case Report

Reactivation of Latent Toxoplasmosis in a Schizophrenia Pa-tient: A Case Report


Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder characterized by chronic relapsing episodes of psychosis. The disease is multifactorial, where infections, genetic vulnerability and environmental factors are involved in the development of the illness. Toxoplasma gondii is one of the parasites that has long been known associated with schizophrenia in many studies. To date, there is growing evidence of association between T. gondii infections and schizophrenia. Herein we report a rare case of reactivated toxoplasmosis in a schizophrenia individual. This patient was incidentally diagnosed with reactivated T. gondii infection. He denied any symptoms of toxoplasmosis but experienced a mild psychiatric auditory hallucination. Serology test for T. gondii immunoglobulin antibodies measured a high positive IgG titer (135.9 IU/ml) and negative for IgM. Interestingly, nested PCR exhibited a positive result for the type I strain of T. gondii dense granular (GRA) 7 gene (GRA7). This case highlights the detection of probable reactivation of toxoplasmosis in an immunocompetent schizophrenic patient without psychiatric treatment-resistant and remains asymptomatic for toxoplasmosis. Both serology and molecular tools have been a helpful aid in establishing the diagnosis. Nonetheless, early detection as in this case may aid the patient management in the future.

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Toxoplasmosis Schizophrenia Reactivated Serology

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Wahid W, Mohammad Zahariluddin AS, Kadir ZS, Sharip S, Md Idris Z, Osman E. Reactivation of Latent Toxoplasmosis in a Schizophrenia Pa-tient: A Case Report. Iran J Parasitol. 2021;16(3):512-517.