Conversion disorder: Difficulties in diagnosis using DSM-IV/ICD-10

E. U. Syed, R. Atiq, S. Effendi, S. Mehmud

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Objective: Conversion disorder presents differently in various cultures. The commonest symptoms in the Asian subcontinent may be very different from those seen in Western Hemisphere. This causes some difficulty in making a diagnosis while using DSM-IV and ICD-10. Method: This study searched inpatient records for the last 10 years at the Aga Khan University and collected some demographic data as well as assessed the phenomenology of conversion disorder in the patient population. Results: We found unresponsiveness to be the most common symptom in this sample thus not exactly fitting the DSM-IV/ICD-10 picture. Conclusion: We observed that current criteria of conversion disorder as stated in two major classification systems are not totally relevant to the clinical pratice in Pakistan and other parts of subcontinent .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-145
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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