Diagnostic delay in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.
SourceNeurology, 58, 3, (2002), pp. 493-495
Article / Letter to editor
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SubjectPathophysiology of Brain and Behaviour; Pathofysiologie van Hersenen en Gedrag
Delay to diagnosis was studied in 313 consecutive patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). On average, patients with PNES were diagnosed 7.2 years after manifestation (SD 9.3 years). Younger age, interictal epileptiform potentials in the EEG, and anticonvulsant treatment were associated with longer delays. Other patient factors did not explain the great variability of the time to diagnosis, suggesting that physician factors contributed to delays.
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