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|Title:||Are psychogenic non-epileptic seizures just another symptom of conversion disorder?|
|Authors:||Kanaan, Richard AA|
Goldstein, Laura H
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.|
Functional neurological disorder
Psychogenic movement disorder
|Appears in Collections:||Journal articles|
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