Skip Navigation LinksHome > March 2002 - Volume 81 - Issue 3 > Misdiagnosis of Conversion Disorders
Text sizing:
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:
Case Series

Misdiagnosis of Conversion Disorders

Teasell, Robert W. MD; Shapiro, Allan P. PhD

Collapse Box


Teasell RW, Shapiro AP: Misdiagnosis of conversion disorders. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2002;81:236–240.

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.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


Article Tools


Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.