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Pediatrics. 2012 Jul;130(1):e236-8. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2608. Epub 2012 Jun 11.

Hallucinations after withdrawal of valproic acid.

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  • 1Community Health Service, Hart voor Brabant, Netherlands.


We report 2 children with a history of epilepsy in whom valproic acid (VPA) withdrawal was identified as a potential cause of hallucinations. After a restart of VPA, the hallucinations disappeared. We suggest mechanisms for the occurrence of the hallucinations and a possible control of a predisposition to hallucinations by VPA.

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