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J Neurol Sci. 2010 Feb 15;289(1-2):155-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2009.08.030. Epub 2009 Sep 4.

Increased activation in cingulate cortex in conversion disorder: what does it mean?

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Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. m.van.beilen@neuro.umcg.nl

Abstract

Conversion disorder is one of the terms used to describe various psychosomatic neurological symptoms that are thought to originate from a psychological conflict. Psychological stressors can usually be identified but appear to be almost similar to the severity of psychological stress in non-psychosomatic neurological disorders. Recent neuroimaging research provides one rather robust finding of increased activation in the anterior cingulate gyrus. This activation has been explained as a reflection of 'active inhibition' or 'self-monitoring' but its meaning in conversion disorder still remains mysterious. In this paper, current theories are re-examined from a neuroanatomical point of view.

PMID:
19733363
DOI:
10.1016/j.jns.2009.08.030
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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