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Psychogenic seizures are seizures that do not have a physical cause.
They can be caused by stress, injury, emotional trauma, or mental illness.
Psychogenic seizures are a type of nonepileptic seizure. This means they are not caused by
epilepsy. But people with epilepsy may have
psychogenic seizures. Psychogenic seizures are sometimes called pseudoseizures.
It is important to distinguish psychogenic seizures from epilepsy,
because the risks may outweigh any benefit of treating psychogenic seizures
with antiepileptic medicines.
Current as of:
October 14, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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