Year : 2021 | Volume
: 4 | Issue : 3 | Page : 161--163
Functional movement disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic
Sneha Dayanand Kamath1, Nitish Kamble1, Sindhu D M1, Kasturi A Sakhardande2, Chethan Basavarajappa2, Pramod Kumar Pal1
1 Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Functional movement disorders (FMDs) are a heterogenous group of movement abnormalities that greatly affect the quality of life of patients. They usually manifest as a result of underlying psychological or psychiatric illnesses without any known structural or neurochemical diseases. Various neurological disorders such as encephalitis, stroke, demyelination, seizures, and neuropathy have been reported by otherwise healthy individuals during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Here, we describe the case of a 27-year-old woman who presented to our outpatient department with episodes of deviation of angle of mouth with variability and distractibility. Following thorough clinical evaluation and appropriate investigation, the underlying etiology was identified as FMD secondary to the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic to contain the transmission of the virus. The lockdown, isolation, financial strain, and other pandemic-related issues are stressors that may contribute to psychogenic disorders in people.
Dr. Pramod Kumar Pal
Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka.
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Kamath SD, Kamble N, D M S, Sakhardande KA, Basavarajappa C, Pal PK. Functional movement disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.Ann Mov Disord 2021;4:161-163
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Kamath SD, Kamble N, D M S, Sakhardande KA, Basavarajappa C, Pal PK. Functional movement disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ann Mov Disord [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Dec 1 ];4:161-163
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