oa South African Family Practice - Visual hallucinations caused by Charles Bonnet Syndrome : a case study : original research

Volume 46, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2004;46(10) 31 Case Study Introduction Ms P presented with apsychotic visual hallucinations in the presence of decreased visual acuity. She was an 83- year-old female with no prior psychiatric complaints. Medically she suffered from Paget's disease, gastritis, osteoarthritis, dyslipidaemia and bilateral macular degeneration. This combination is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome, after a Swiss philosopher who described it in 1796. The term hallucination is said to come from the Latin word alucinari, meaning "to wander in the mind", and was introduced by Esquirol in 1837. It is defined as sensory perception that has the compelling sense of ..

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