Schizophrenia and Other Psychosis
Blood of 45 yrs old male shows ↑ HVA. This pt is most likely to show (AIIMS Nov 2008)
Increased levels of HVA are found in the schizophrenia but this does not have any clinical utility. It is a research based parameter based on the fact that schizophrenia is a illness caused by Hyperdopaminigeric state. HVA is a metabolite of dopamine higher levels are found in CSF and plasma.