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Neurocase. 2003 Oct;9(5):436-40.

Suppression of complex visual hallucinatory experiences by occipital transcranial magnetic stimulation: a case report.

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Laboratory for Magnetic Brain Stimulation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA.

Abstract

We report a patient with visual hallucinations and illusions along with an associated visual field defect after bilateral ischemic damage to his occipital visual cortex. These hallucinations were long-standing and of both simple and complex (well-formed) type. Application of low frequency (1 Hz) repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) to the occipital cortex led to a complete cessation of visual hallucinatory symptoms. The use of TMS to probe the neurophysiology, and possibly alleviate, visual hallucinatory experiences is discussed.

PMID:
14972758
DOI:
10.1076/neur.9.5.436.16557
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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