Induction of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures without placebo

S. R. Benbadis, K. Johnson, K. Anthony, G. Caines, G. Hess, C. Jackson, F. L. Vale, W. O. Tatum IV

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The diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) can only be made with EEG-video monitoring. The authors describe a provocative technique without placebo. Patients with a clinical suspicion for PNES underwent an activation procedure using suggestion, hyperventilation, and photic stimulation. Of 19 inductions performed, 16 (84%) were successful in inducing the habitual episode. The authors' technique had a sensitivity comparable to those using placebo (e.g., saline injection), but does not have disadvantages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1904-1905
Number of pages2
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 26 2000
Externally publishedYes

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  • Clinical Neurology

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    Benbadis, S. R., Johnson, K., Anthony, K., Caines, G., Hess, G., Jackson, C., Vale, F. L., & Tatum IV, W. O. (2000). Induction of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures without placebo. Neurology, 55(12), 1904-1905.