Ganser Syndrome Treatment & Management

Updated: Oct 27, 2021
  • Author: Claudia L Reardon, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

Inpatient treatment may be needed during the acute phase of Ganser syndrome. This is often necessary to protect the patient, who may not be able to engage in self-care, due to dissociation. Treat any underlying psychiatric and non-psychiatric medical conditions.

Admit the patient to a psychiatric facility if medically appropriate if the patient is a danger to self or others.

Simple supportive psychotherapy and monitoring for safety are the chief components of treatment. Limited evidence exists that hypnosis or ECT may be useful.

Recovery usually is within days for most patients, especially if precipitating stress resolves.

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Consultations

Consultation with a neurologist is advisable to rule out neurologic etiologic factors.

Consultation with a psychiatrist is recommended initially and in follow-up.

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Activity

Restrict general activity to allow close observation during the acute phase of Ganser syndrome.

Upon recovery, regular activities may be resumed depending on any persisting medical conditions.

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