Conversion reaction presenting as a polyradiculonevritis

Donato Rigante, M. G. Torrioli, P. Ferrara, P. S. Buonuomo, S. Pulitanò, A. Stabile

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Aim: To show that conversion reactions should be suspected when symptomatology or instrumental checking does not conform to a precise pathological pattern in its anatomical and physiological keys. Methods: We report the case of a 14-y-old girl who presented with signs and symptoms of Guillain-Barré polyradiculonevritis. Negative instrumental and laboratory tests led us to consider a possible diagnosis of conversion reaction. Results: After a more detailed history emphasizing the close bond between the patient and her father, a poor peer-relation exchange and psychological stress, we were able to identify conversion reactions through the patient's motor signs. Conclusion: Conversion symptoms must be suspected and searched for when the neurologic outline is difficult to clarify, and also in the case of Guillain-Barré syndrome that does not respond to plasmapheresis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-122
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Conversion reaction
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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