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Title: Are psychogenic non-epileptic seizures just another symptom of conversion disorder?
Authors: Kanaan, Richard AA
Duncan, Roderick
Goldstein, Laura H
Jankovic, Joseph
Cavanna, Andrea E
Date of Publication: May-2017
Citation: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2017; 88(5): 425-429
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) are classified with other functional neurological symptoms as 'Conversion Disorder', but there are reasons to wonder whether this symptomatology constitutes a distinct entity. METHODS: We reviewed the literature comparing PNES with other functional neurological symptoms. RESULTS: We find eight studies that directly examined this question. Though all but one found significant differences-notably in presenting age, trauma history, and dissociation-they were divided on whether these differences represented an important distinction. CONCLUSION: We argue that the aetiological and mechanistic distinctions they support, particularly when bolstered by additional data, give reason to sustain a separation between these conditions.
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/16715
DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2017-315639
PubMed URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28235779
Type: Journal Article
Subject: Aetiology
Functional neurological disorder
Mechanism
Nosology
Psychogenic movement disorder
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