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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(54) Thus, for instance, when Charcot presents an example of "a hysterical paralysis following a trauma" in which a woman suffers partial paralysis in her hand after slapping her 7-year old son, the emphasis of the investigating interview falls not on the event of the slapping, but on the woman's violent temper.
Several clues to help differentiate CD from neurological dysfunction are outlined in Merritt's Textbook of Neurology.[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.
Billy Prior, is convalescing from "hysterical paralysis" and forced to undertake home-front secret service work.