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Psychosomatics. 1998 Nov-Dec;39(6):519-27.

Motor conversion disorder. A prospective 2- to 5-year follow-up study.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, UmeĆ„ University, Sweden.


In this prospective study, 30 patients with motor conversion disorder were assessed for key psychiatric and demographic variables. At reassessment 2 to 5 years later, 19 patients had completely recovered and 8 patients had improved, whereas only 3 were unchanged or worse. Contrary to other follow-up studies, none of the patients received a rediagnosis of neurological disease. The presence of a personality disorder and overall personality pathology, particularly within cluster C, the presence of a concomitant somatic disease, low DSM-IV Axis V score, and high score on the Becks Hopelessness Scale proved to be associated with poor outcome.

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