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Diagnosis of hysterical seizures in epileptic patients
Am J Psychiatry 1980;137:705-709.
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The coexistence of epileptic and hysterical seizures in the same patient is not rare and creates problems in diagnosis and management. The authors used simultaneous video-EEG monitoring to document the diagnosis of hysterical seizures in 9 epileptic patients; clear-cut hysterical seizures were seen in all 9. The authors used individualized re-educative psychotherapy to teach patients alternative coping techniques and discharged them on minimum dosages of anticonvulsants. None of the patients had a classical hysterical personality, which suggests that conversion reaction is a more appropriate diagnosis, The etiology of "hysterical" seizures varies; the authors emphasize individualized treatment and long-term follow-up.

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