Université de Fribourg

Mutism and amnesia following high-Voltage electrical injury: psychogenic symptomatology triggered by organic dysfunction?

Mishra, Nishant K. ; Russmann, Heike ; Granziera, Cristina ; Maeder, Philippe ; Annoni, Jean-Marie

In: European Neurology, 2011, vol. 66, no. 4, p. 229-234

Background: Mutism and dense retrograde amnesia are found both in organic and dissociative contexts. Moreover, dissociative symptoms may be modulated by right prefrontal activity. A single case, M.R., developed left hemiparesis, mutism and retrograde amnesia after a high-voltage electric shock without evidence of lasting brain lesions. M.R. suddenly recovered from his mutism following a mild...