A case of bilateral ptosis with unsteady gait: Suggestibility and culture in conversion disorder

M. M. Al-Sharbati, N. Viernes, A. Al-Hussaini, Z. A J Zaidan, P. Chand, S. Al-Adawi

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We report a case of a 14-year-old girl who presented, following a sudden onset, with bilateral ptosis, gait disturbance, difficulty swallowing and loss of appetite, fight hypochondriacal pain, and frontal headache. Protracted neurological and medical examinations were unremarkable; neither was precipitating psychological stresses evident. The condition, which manifest as typical conversion disorder, lasted for one year. "Treatment" involving electrical stimulation of both eyes muscles and legs with positive reassurance resolved the symptom. This case supports the view that conversion disorder, not only involves a strong element of suggestion, but also incorporates socio-cultural sanctioned prescription.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-232
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001



  • Bilateral ptosis
  • Conversion disorders
  • Gait disturbances
  • Oman culture
  • Teenager

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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