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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 87-89

The brain sees what the eyes don't! visual hallucinations in a blind female suffering from schizophrenia

Department of Psychiatry, Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Amey Yeshwant Angane
402, Dharam Palace, Shantivan, Borivali East, Mumbai - 400 066, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_48_19

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While visual hallucinations are more common in organic disorders, they have also been reported in 27% of patients in schizophrenia with a more severe psychopathological profile and a less favorable prognosis. There is literature on visual hallucinations in psychiatric illnesses, eye diseases, and organic disorders individually, but visual hallucinations in a psychiatric disorder with an eye disease have not been reported. Here, we report a 55-year-old female who developed complete blindness and was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration at 8 years which is a case of schizophrenia for the past 30 years and presented with visual hallucinations for the past 1 year. She was successfully treated with antipsychotic medications.

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