quizzER Vol 1.3


A 23-year-old woman is brought to the ED for vision loss in her left eye that began shortly after waking up in the morning. She states that she is very depressed since her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was supposed to visit her father today in the hospital but is now in your ED because of her vision loss. Your physical exam is unremarkable. An evaluation by the ophthalmologist is also normal. A head CT scan is normal. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?
a. Somatization disorder
b. Conversion disorder
c. Hypochondriasis
d. Retinal detachment
e. Anxiety disorder

Please post your answer in the “reply box” or click on the “comments” link  You will not see your answer post until next week when all of the submitted answers will be posted.  Good luck!

quizzER is a weekly contest consisting of a question selected from various areas of emergency medicine that are central to the education of medical students and residents in training.

14 Responses

  1. b. Conversion disorder

  2. B

  3. b. Conversion disorder

  4. b.) Conversion disorder. This is a psychiatric diagnosis that occurs when someone unintentionally expressess an underlying psychological conflict or need. It usually manifests as a physical or neurological alteration or loss of function, but without any underlying pathology. It is sometimes mistaken for malingering, however in this condition symptoms are not intentionally produced.

  5. b

  6. B

  7. If ophtho clears her and the Head CT is negative, then I’d go with Conversion disorder; somebody page Psychiatry!

  8. conversion disorder includes psych stressor and neurological complaint (change in vision) with no evidence of medical illness.

  9. B. Conversion disorder

  10. b

  11. B. Conversion Disorder

  12. Conversion disorder

  13. conversion disorder

  14. B

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