Functional Neurological Deficit: one of the most controversial diagnosis- case report of a patient with paraplegia


Functional Neurological Deficit: one of the most controversial diagnosis- case report of a patient with paraplegia


Mohmad Jamal Hafeza, Hassan Bourjia, Hasan Sroura

aPsychiatric Department in Dar Alajaza Islamic Hospital in affiliation with the Faculty of Medicine at Beirut Arab University.


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Background: Conversion disorder, also called functional neurological symptom disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5), is an illness of symptoms or deficits that affect voluntary motor or sensory functions, which suggest another medical condition, but that is judged to be caused by psychological factors because the illness is preceded by conflicts or other stressors.any case of FND is challenging and hard to manage due to overlapping of symptoms with other organic illnesses and also hard to be treated due to multidisciplinary approach needed.

Case Report: A 34 year old patient known to have schizophrenia with previous admissions to psychiatric hospital suddenly complaining of paraplegia with no sensory deficit . these symptoms persist for 6 months.

Conclusion: Long lasting symptoms is something unusually seen in conversion disorder cases where the course of illness stay for a couple of days.


Keywords: conversion disorder, functional neurological symptoms deficit, case report, paraplegia.


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Mohmad Jamal Hafez, Hassan Bourji, Hasan Srour.Functional Neurological Deficit: one of the most controversial diagnosis- case report of a patient with paraplegia . International Journal of Case Reports, 2020 4:126. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2020-02-2305


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