Visual hallucinations as incidental negative effects of virtual reality on Parkinson's disease patients: A link with neurodegeneration?

Giovanni Albani, Elisa Pedroli, Pietro Cipresso, Daniel Bulla, Veronica Cimolin, Astrid Thomas, Alessandro Mauro, Giuseppe Riva

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Abstract

We followed up a series of 23 Parkinson's disease (PD) patients who had performed an immersive virtual reality (VR) protocol eight years before. On that occasion, six patients incidentally described visual hallucinations (VH) with occurrences of images not included in the virtual environment. Curiously, in the following years, only these patients reported the appearance of VH later in their clinical history, while the rest of the group did not. Even considering the limited sample size, we may argue that VR immersive systems can induce unpleasant effects in PD patients who are predisposed to a cognitive impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number194629
JournalParkinson's Disease
Volume2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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