Functional stroke mimics: cultural differences and challenges to rising healthcare costs

Pratik Bhattacharya


Functional neurological disorders mimicking stroke are described in literature from across the globe (1-4). Stroke mimics account for a significant proportion of acute stroke evaluations in emergency rooms among which functional stroke mimics (FSMs) are seen in a substantial proportion. These disorders present a diagnostic challenge as acute stroke management calls for administration of potentially high-risk therapies in a time sensitive manner.