Research groups

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Research Group

Positive Signs study

Numerous patients undergo lots of examinations and face many different diagnoses until they meet an experienced clinician in the field of FND. A critical step in reaching a diagnosis of FND is a careful bedside neurological examination, aimed at excluding organic signs and identifying ‘positive’ signs suggestive of a functional disorder. Until now, several of those signs are known, but their validity is still missing.

In the Positive Signs study, we examine FND patients as well as organic controls. For both groups, we videotape the examination and record if and which positive signs are presented.

The project aims at a validation of potential positive signs for functional neurological disorder, in order to simplify the diagnosis and to accelerate the medical referral to an adequate treatment.