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Stroke mimicking conversion disorder: two young women who put our feet back on the ground
  1. H A Booij1,
  2. H L Hamburger1,
  3. G J Jöbsis1,
  4. E Y Beuerle2,
  5. N D Kruyt1
  1. 1Slotervaart Hospital, Department of Neurology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. 2Slotervaart Hospital, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to N D Kruyt, Slotervaart Hospital, Department of Neurology, Louwesweg 6, Amsterdam 1066 BK, The Netherlands; ndkruyt{at}


We describe two young female patients with symptoms and signs initially of conversion disorder. It became apparent, however, that both patients had a posterior circulation stroke. These cases remind us of just how broad the clinical presentation of neurological diseases is and illustrate how careful we must be in our own attributions, actions and diagnoses particularly when assessing patients with bizarre behaviour and with apparent inconsistencies on neurological examination.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by Ed Dunn, Leeds, UK.

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