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A Case of Dissociative Seizures Presented like Myoclonic Epilepsy
  1. Balaswamy Reddy1,
  2. Soumitra Das1,
  3. Mustafa Ali1 and
  4. Srinivas Guruprasad2
  1. 1Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, India
  2. 2G K Reddy Hospital, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India
  1. correspondence: Balaswamy Reddy. Mailing address: Room No. 118, Kabini hostel, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka state, India. Postcode: 560029. E-Mail: gbalambbs7819{at}


Psychogenic seizures are often underdiagnosed and epilepsy is very often over-treated which leads to multiple financial, social and stigma related difficulties. The myoclonic seizure itself is a rare phenomenon and when functional movement disorder presents like myoclonus then it’s extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Here, we are presenting a case who was misdiagnosed as having a myoclonic seizure disorder and treated in multiple places without any improvement which ultimately turned out to be functional movement disorder of a rare variety.

  • seizures
  • myoclonus
  • functional
  • pseudo-seizures
  • dissociative

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