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Epilepsy Behav. 2006 Nov;9(3):535-40. Epub 2006 Aug 14.

Postictal autoscopy in a patient with partial epilepsy.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Aichi Medical University, Karimata 21, Yazako, Nagakute-cho, Aichi-gun, Aichi-ken 480-1195, Japan. <>


Autoscopy is an experience of seeing oneself in external space, viewed from within one's own physical body. It is a complex psycho-sensorial hallucinatory perception of one's own body image projected into external visual space, with epilepsy one of the common disorders reported to be associated with the experience. A survey of the literature revealed that there are few case reports of postictal autoscopic phenomena. Herein, we report a case of a patient with partial epilepsy who has experienced postictal autoscopy for nearly 30 years. Although the neurological mechanisms that cause autoscopic phenomena are not fully understood, wish-fulfilling fantasies released as a result of a shaken integrity regarding personal bodily image may contribute to the shaping of the symptoms, at least in the case of postictal autoscopy.

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