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Conversion Disorder in a Pediatric Transgender Patient.

Orfanelli, Laura; Borkowski, Winslow J. Jr.
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colon; Somatoform disorders are difficult to diagnosis and often present as a neurological illness in pediatric populations. Conversion disorder is the somatoform disorder most commonly seen in children, particularly adolescents, who have anxiety related to sexual behaviors and orientation. In a transgender patient, the risk of conversion disorder is even higher. The patient described in this article presented with multiple neurological symptoms that disappeared after she began presenting herself as a male. There is a significant need for research into somatoform disorders as well as research into the transgender population.

(C) 2006 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses