Journal Article

Clinical Profile and Outcome of Conversion Disorder in Children in a Tertiary Hospital of North India

Jayant K. Ghosh, Pallab Majumder, Pragya Pant, Ranju Dutta and Bal Dev Bhatia

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 53, issue 3, pages 213-214
Published in print June 2007 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fml088
Clinical Profile and Outcome of Conversion Disorder in Children in a Tertiary Hospital of North India

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The clinical profile, commonly involved precipitating factors, comorbid conditions, treatment options and outcome of conversion disorder in 40 children in a tertiary level hospital in North India were studied, retrospectively. Majority of the patients were from rural India. Most common presenting symptom was psychogenic non-epileptic seizures; depression and anxiety were among the commonest comorbid conditions. Precipitating factors were predominantly scholastic problems. Treatment option included either psychotherapy only or combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. No significant difference was found in terms of outcome between the in-patient and out-patient treatment groups. This observation could be cost effective for developing countries like India, where the resources are very limited.

Keywords: childhood; conversion disorder

Journal Article.  775 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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