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Does steroid sulfatase deficiency influence postpartum psychosis risk?

Davies, William 2012. Does steroid sulfatase deficiency influence postpartum psychosis risk? Trends in Molecular Medicine 18 (5) , pp. 256-262. 10.1016/j.molmed.2012.03.001

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Postpartum (or puerperal) psychosis (PP) occurs shortly after childbirth in 0.1–0.2% of women, and is characterised by delusions, mood swings, confused thinking, and disorganised behaviour. The condition is disturbing for patients and their family members and loved ones, and affected individuals may be at increased risk of harming themselves or their offspring. The features of PP indicate a substantial biological basis to its pathogenesis, although currently little is known about possible risk factors. Based on recent results from animal model and human studies, I propose that reduced function of the enzyme steroid sulfatase in the mother represents a unifying and physiologically plausible candidate mechanism for the neural and endocrinological disturbances seen in cases of PP.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: anterior pituitary gland; dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate; 5-HT2c receptor; oestrogen; serotonin; steroid sulfatase; thyroid gland
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1471-4914
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 13:48

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