hysterical paralysis


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hysterical paralysis

Loss of movement without a demonstrable organic cause. Typically the patient's reflexes are preserved in the affected body part despite its apparent immobility, and bowel and bladder function are preserved. In Western medicine, functional disorders such as this are treated with occupational therapy or supportive psychotherapy; in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used.
See: Hoover sign
See also: paralysis
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In 2000, he and Oakley began looking at ways to use hypnosis to simulate psychosomatic conditions, such as hysterical paralysis or hysterical blindness, in the lab.
15] To differentiate hysterical paralysis from organic paralysis, Merritt's suggests testing deep tendon reflexes (DTR) which will be absent in the latter and present in the former.