Ictal visual hallucinations due to frontal lobe epilepsy in a patient with bipolar disorder

Valeria Manfioli, Marina Saladini, Annachiara Cagnin

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Abstract

In ictal psychosis with complex visual hallucinations (VHs), widespread functional changes of cortical networks have been suggested. We describe the clinical and EEG findings of a patient with bipolar disorder who manifested complex VHs associated with intense emotional symptoms caused by frontal epileptic seizures. This description highlights the challenges of diagnosing the epileptic nature of new psychotic phenomena in patients with previous psychiatric disorders and shines light into the role of the frontal cortex in the genesis of complex VHs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-149
Number of pages4
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior Case Reports
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Frontal epileptic seizures
  • Ictal psychosis
  • Visual hallucinations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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