Intractable sneezing unfolding a hideous truth

Ng, Jia Ji and Husain, Salina and Ong, Hui Yan and Zahedi, Farah Dayana and Hamizan, Aneeza Khairiyah Wan (2021) Intractable sneezing unfolding a hideous truth. Cureus, 13 (5). ISSN 2168-8184, DOI

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Intractable sneezing is a diagnosis of exclusion and is mostly psychogenic. We reported a case of an 11-year-old girl who presented with uncontrollable bouts of sneezing for three weeks, which did not respond to conventional treatment. She was eventually diagnosed to have psychogenic intractable sneezing, which was triggered by an unfortunate family circumstance. She improved with psychotherapy and was discharged well. Literature review on intractable sneezing showed that patients were predominately female teenagers and mostly recovered after psychotherapy. Multidisciplinary team effort especially with a child psychiatrist is important for the treatment and follow-up of these patients. Imaging should also be routinely performed as some had underlying organic causes that presented as intractable sneezing.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conversion syndrome; Sneezing; Psychogenic; Article review; Intractable sneezing
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 11:29
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 11:30

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