Data from adult schizophrenic patients suggest that patients with
enlarged ventricles have a poorer premorbid history and may have an earlier
onset of their illness than patients with ventricles of normal size. The
authors examined a group of child psychiatric patients to discover whether
these children at risk for major psychopathology had enlarged ventricles.
Twenty psychiatric patients showed significantly enlarged ventricles
compared with 19 control patients. There were no clear relationships
between the children's psychiatric diagnosis and ventricular size.