Iatrogenesis of patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures –  pos­sible solutions

Authors: K. Hubčíková 1,2;  J. Bušková 2,3
Authors‘ workplace: Neuropsychiatrická klinika SZU a Psychiatrickej nemocnice Philippa Pinela, Pezinok, Slovensko 1;  Klinika psychiatrie a lékařské psychologie, 3. LF UK, Praha 3 Oddělení spánkové medicíny, Národní ústav duševního zdraví, Klecany 2
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2019; 82(1): 30-36
Category: Review Article
doi: https://doi.org/10.14735/amcsnn201930


Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) is a unique dia­gnosis that requests an interdisciplinary col­laboration of health care. This is often a chal­leng­­ing problem in com­mon clinical practice. The most serious morbidity of patients with PNES is caused by iatrogenic interventions. This review is focused on the is­sue of iatrogenesis of patients with PNES, on the pos­sibilities to improve col­laboration between neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and physicians of primary health care and emergency service, on the optimal educational presentation of dia­gnosis PNES and psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic program­mes for these patients.

Key words:

psychogenic non-epileptic seizures – epilepsy – iatrogenesis – educational intervention – psychoeducation – psychotherapy

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manu­script met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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