Are psychogenic non-epileptic seizures just another symptom of conversion disorder?

Kanaan, Richard A.A., Duncan, Roderick, Goldstein, Laura H., Jankovic, Joseph and Cavanna, Andrea E. (2017). Are psychogenic non-epileptic seizures just another symptom of conversion disorder? Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 88 (5), pp. 425-429.


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.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
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Uncontrolled Keywords: aetiology,functional neurological disorder,mechanism,nosology,psychogenic movement disorder,Surgery,Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous),Clinical Neurology,Psychiatry and Mental health
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Published Date: 2017-05-04
Authors: Kanaan, Richard A.A.
Duncan, Roderick
Goldstein, Laura H.
Jankovic, Joseph
Cavanna, Andrea E.

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