Hysterical paralysis as a complication of snake bite

Trop Geogr Med. 1992 Jan;44(1-2):167-9.


Until recently, hysteria was believed to be uncommon amongst the indigenous inhabitants of tropical Africa. Though snake bites are common, there has not been any previous report of hysterical manifestations following snake bite. We report a case of hysterical paralysis in a nulliparous Nigerian female, with comments on its diagnostic and prognostic implications in an ethnic community.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Conversion Disorder / diagnosis
  • Conversion Disorder / etiology*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nigeria
  • Prognosis
  • Snake Bites / complications*
  • Snake Bites / therapy