Remission of somatoparaphrenic delusion through vestibular stimulation

Neuropsychologia. 1991;29(10):1029-31. doi: 10.1016/0028-3932(91)90066-h.


The effects of vestibular stimulation on somatoparaphrenic delusion were investigated in a patient suffering from a fronto-temporo-parietal infarction located in the right hemisphere. Transitory remission of the patient's delusional belief was consistently observed during unilateral vestibular activation obtained by means of cold-water irrigation of the left (contralesional) ear.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cerebral Infarction / complications
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / complications
  • Cold Temperature
  • Delusions / etiology
  • Delusions / psychology
  • Delusions / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Physical Stimulation
  • Vestibule, Labyrinth / physiology*