Psychogenic pseudostroke

J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014 Apr;23(4):e243-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2013.11.010. Epub 2014 Jan 16.


Psychogenic pseudostroke (PS) is when symptoms are suggestive of a stroke, but in reality, of psychogenic origin. Most neurologists have encountered a case of such nature. However, specific information regarding its prevalence and management is scarce. This is a discussion of psychogenic PS vis-à-vis the complexities in its diagnosis and management.

Keywords: Stroke; factitious; malingering; pseudostroke; psychogenic; somatization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis
  • Somatoform Disorders / economics
  • Somatoform Disorders / epidemiology
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy*
  • Stroke / diagnosis
  • Stroke / economics
  • Stroke / epidemiology
  • Stroke / therapy*
  • United States / epidemiology