Psychogenic status epilepticus

Andy Jagoda, Val Richey-Klein, Silvana Riggio

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A patient was brought to the Emergency Department in presumed status epilepticus. However, the seizure had many of the clinical characteristics that, in combination, were suggestive of a psychogenic event including asynchronous extremity movements, forward pelvic thrusting, and geotrophic eye movements. An arterial blood gas and serum electrolytes were normal despite one-half hour of tonic-clonic activity, and supported the diagnosis of a nonneurogenic event. The patient became conversant toward the end of the event, which confirmed that the seizure was nonepileptogenic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • LSD
  • conversion reaction
  • pseudoseizures
  • psychogenic seizures
  • status epilepticus


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