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It is difficult to distinguish true epileptic seizures from pseudoseizures. Numerous organic diseases are associated with transient neurologic dysfunction and at times are confused with epileptic seizures. A more difficult problem is identification of factitious or hysterical seizures, particularly when they occur in patients who have known epilepsy. Pseudoseizures are covered from both the neurologic and psychiatric viewpoint. Migraine, narcolepsy, transient global amnesia, and paroxysmal choreoathetosis are discussed. The uses of the electroencephalogram and video tape recording of spells are briefly but clearly presented. With the development of long-term monitoring we now finally have a relatively reliable, or at least
Pseudoseizures.. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:692–693. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-5-692_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(5_Part_1):692-693.
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