Visual hallucinations: A novel complication after hemispherectomy

Jonas Vanags, Monisha Sachdev, Gerald Grant, Mohamad A. Mikati

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Abstract

Two patients at our center experienced florid visual hallucinations following hemispherectomy. The first patient had drug-resistant left hemispheric focal seizures at 20 months of age from a previous stroke. Following functional hemispherectomy at age 3, he experienced frightening hallucinations 1 month post-operatively lasting 3.5 months. Our second patient underwent subtotal hemispherectomy at age 6 for drug-resistant focal seizures from right hemispheric cortical dysplasia. Eighteen months later he developed scary visual hallucinations during which he would shout and throw things. Hallucinations recurred for 6 months. In our experience in these patients, even though symptoms were florid, they were transient and subsided 3–6 months later.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-53
Number of pages3
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior Case Reports
Volume9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizure
  • Visual hallucinations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Visual hallucinations : A novel complication after hemispherectomy. / Vanags, Jonas; Sachdev, Monisha; Grant, Gerald; Mikati, Mohamad A.

In: Epilepsy and Behavior Case Reports, Vol. 9, 01.01.2018, p. 51-53.

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Vanags, Jonas ; Sachdev, Monisha ; Grant, Gerald ; Mikati, Mohamad A. / Visual hallucinations : A novel complication after hemispherectomy. In: Epilepsy and Behavior Case Reports. 2018 ; Vol. 9. pp. 51-53.
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