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Title: Of Roman chariots and goats in overcoats: the syndrome of Charles Bonnet.
Authors: Plummer, Chris;Kleinitz, Anne;Vroomen, Patrick;Watts, Roger
Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.
Issue Date: 10-Apr-2007
Citation: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience : Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia 2007; 14(8): 709-14
Abstract: Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) is a widely under-recognised disorder typically characterised by complex visual hallucinations in the visually impaired. The lack of consensus over a uniform definition for CBS has much to do with the unresolved pathophysiology of the disorder. A leading hypothesis proposes that complex hallucinations arise from visual association cortical areas following their de-afferentation from the central visual pathway. While treatment aimed at improving the visual deficit can limit the symptoms of CBS, at present there is no reliably effective pharmacotherapy for the disorder. Once correctly recognised, a key management principle is to reassure the patient that CBS is a well-documented clinical entity that is not a harbinger of psychiatric illness.
Internal ID Number: 17428664
DOI: 10.1016/j.jocn.2006.08.006
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Diagnosis, Differential
Macular Degeneration.complications
Vision Disorders.diagnosis.etiology
Visual Cortex.pathology
Visual Pathways.pathology
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