Dystonia: a disorder often misdiagnosed as a conversion reaction

R. P. Lesser, S. Fahn

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The authors studied the records of 84 patients who had idiopathic torsion dystonia. Thirty-seven cases had originally been misdiagnosed as primarily psychiatric illness. Only 1 patient presented with dystonic movements that were clearly part of a more general psychiatric disorder. The authors believe her to be the first reported patient whose dystonia is undeniably of psychogenic origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-352
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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