Sugarplum fairies. Visual hallucinations

John W. Gittinger, Neil R. Miller, John L. Keltner, Ronald M. Burde

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A 35-year-old woman with a history of early childhood encephalitis and a cerebrovascular accident during childbirth at 29 presented with visual hallucinations of two years' duration. A meningioma was removed from the right middle cranial fossa, and the visual hallucinations ceased. Visual hallucinations are complex phenomena which may arise through stimulation of the visual pathways at many levels. The case report is followed by discussion of various types of visual hallucinations and the theories and evidence regarding their pathophysiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalSurvey of ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982


  • hallucinations
  • meningioma
  • palinopsia tumor
  • visual hallucinations
  • visual pathways
  • visual perseveration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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