Functional weakness and sensory disturbance

J Stone, A Zeman, M Sharpe, Jon Stone

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In the diagnosis of functional weakness and sensory disturbance, positive physical signs are as important as absence of signs of disease. Motor signs, particularly Hoover's sign, are more reliable than sensory signs, but none should be used in isolation and must be interpreted in the overall context of the presentation. It should be borne in mind that a patient may have both a functional and an organic disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002


  • Conversion Disorder
  • Extremities
  • Gait Disorders, Neurologic
  • Humans
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Severity of Illness Index

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