Conversion motor paralysis disorder: Overview and rehabilitation model

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It is important to consider a differential diagnosis between paralysis on an organic basis and paralysis and disability due to psychological mechanisms in people with physical impairment secondary to trauma, without evidence of organic etiology. We review the most dramatic type of conversion disorder (CD)-'Conversion Motor Paralysis'. Recent important medical literature concerning the accepted treatment and rehabilitation management will be reviewed and discussed. The inter-disciplinary in-patient team management approach in a rehabilitation setting offers the benefits of a comprehensive assessment and treatment. The diagnosis is temporary and conditional, since there may be a long delay until the appearance of organic findings. A complete medical assessment is essential in order to rule out any possibility of an organic etiology. In as many as 25% to 50% of patients diagnosed as conversion, an organic medical diagnosis was found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-334
Number of pages8
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2002


  • Conversion disorder
  • Interdisciplinary team approach
  • Motor paralysis
  • Overview
  • Rehabilitation model


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