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Management of functional neurological disorder.

Gilmour, GS; Nielsen, G; Teodoro, T; Yogarajah, M; Coebergh, JA; Dilley, MD; Martino, D; Edwards, MJ (2020) Management of functional neurological disorder. J Neurol. ISSN 1432-1459
SGUL Authors: Edwards, Mark John James Nielsen, Glenn

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Functional neurological disorder (FND) is a common cause of persistent and disabling neurological symptoms. These symptoms are varied and include abnormal control of movement, episodes of altered awareness resembling epileptic seizures and abnormal sensation and are often comorbid with chronic pain, fatigue and cognitive symptoms. There is increasing evidence for the role of neurologists in both the assessment and management of FND. The aim of this review is to discuss strategies for the management of FND by focusing on the diagnostic discussion and general principles, as well as specific treatment strategies for various FND symptoms, highlighting the role of the neurologist and proposing a structure for an interdisciplinary FND service.

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Keywords: Functional movement disorder, Functional neurological disorder, Functional seizures, Psychogenic movement disorder, Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, Neurology & Neurosurgery, 1103 Clinical Sciences, 1109 Neurosciences
SGUL Research Institute / Research Centre: Academic Structure > Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute (MCS)
Journal or Publication Title: J Neurol
ISSN: 1432-1459
Language: eng
19 March 2020Published Online
20 February 2020Accepted
Publisher License: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
PubMed ID: 32193596
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