Complex visual hallucinations and occipital seizures

Mark Walterfang, Raju Yerra, Francesco Gaillard, Terence O'Brien, Ramon Mocellin, Dennis Velakoulis

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Background: We describe the presentation of a young woman with long-standing complex partial seizures with occasional secondary generalization, who presented with complex visual hallucinations (CVHs) and delusions. Methods: Routine biological workup including magnetic resonance imaging revealed an area of significant left-sided occipital gliosis. Video telemetry monitoring revealed a left occipital focus for the origin of the electrographic seizure discharge. Conclusion: CVHs occur in a range of organic states, including epilepsy, and can be understood in terms of the underpinning neuroanatomy and neurotransmitter systems of the visual system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-379
Number of pages4
JournalActa Neuropsychiatrica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Epilepsy
  • Hallucinations
  • Hallucinosis
  • Occipital
  • Visual

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