Prolonged spontaneous complex visual hallucinations and illusions as ictal phenomena

Epilepsia. 1989 Sep-Oct;30(5):524-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1989.tb05466.x.


A patient without a previous history of seizures had a generalized tonic-clonic seizure followed by multiple complex visual hallucinations and illusions (CVHIs) lasting weeks. The patient reported a total of 19 different CVHIs. EEGs performed revealed rhythmic right temporal activity occurring only during the CVHIs. Treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) resolved the CVHIs and normalized the EEG. An attempt at discontinuation of one AED resulted in a resurgence of the CVHIs and EEG abnormality.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1
  • Electroencephalography
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / complications*
  • Hallucinations / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Illusions / etiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Vision Disorders / etiology*