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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 219-225

Conversion “V” Profiles in Torticollis

M. Jahanshahi and C. D. Marsden

MRC Human Movement and Balance Unit and Department of Clinical Neurology, Institute of Neurology, The National Hospital, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK

Copyright © 1989 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The assumption that spasmodic torticollis represents a conversion reaction was examined by evaluating profiles of 61 patients on the hypochondriasis, depression, and hysteria scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Thirty-six per cent of the sample had normal profiles. A conversion “V” profile with scores above 70 was found in a minority (9%) of the patients. The profile of the majority of the group was characterized by the presence of mild depression. It was concluded that a personality profile suggestive of conversion reaction is not typical of patients with spasmodic torticollis.