Evaluation of autonomic nervous system by salivary alpha amylase level and heart rate variability in patients with schizophrenia 【Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci (2014) 264:83–87】


 Several researches indicate that autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction in patients with schizophrenia. Recently, salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) has been employed as a useful marker for ANS function. We investigated the extent ofANSdysfunction by measuring sAA and

heart rate variability (HRV) of 25 patients with schizophrenia compared with controls. Schizophrenia group demonstrated a significant increase in sAA and markedly lower parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) activity in the HRV. However, there were no significant differences between two groups in sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity. We
concluded that PNS might be suppressed and the SNS shows relatively high activity in schizophrenia.