Saratov JOURNAL of Medical and Scientific Research

Penza Institute for Further Training of Physicians — Branch Campus of the Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Professional Education

Vegetative dystonia syndrome as a somatoform disorder

Summary:

Despite the fact that there is still no consensus on concept and use of vegetative vascular dystonia as a diagnostic term in Russian literature, this diagnosis has become firmly established in clinical practice. In this article we have tried to reconcile two competing concepts — psychovegetative syndrome and vascular dystonia — primarily on the basis that both concepts reflect functional disorders of suprasegmental apparatus of the autonomic nervous system (limbic-reticular complex, reticular formation of the brain stem) and have more similarities than differences, which allows us to include them in a general group of somatoform disorders.

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