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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2002 Mar;81(3):236-40.

Misdiagnosis of conversion disorders.

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, London Health Sciences Centre, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

Five cases are presented describing the clinical features for which they were referred and admitted to a rehabilitation unit and later identified as having been misdiagnosed as having a conversion disorder. The diagnoses were sarcoma-induced osteomalacia, cerebellar medulloblastoma, Huntington's chorea, transverse myelitis, and lower extremity dystonia. A perceived history of psychological difficulties, an unusual neurologic presentation, and normal initial diagnostic testing in a female patient were associated with a misdiagnosis of conversion disorders; unfortunately, these factors also characterize actual conversion disorders.

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