Isolated visual hallucinations and the Charles Bonnet syndrome: A review of the literature and presentation of six cases

Kenneth Gold, Peter V. Rabins

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Abstract

Vivid visual hallucinations without other psychopathology have been reported for several hundred years. However, there is no consensus on whether these hallucinations should be considered a separate syndrome, the Charles Bonnet syndrome, or whether eye disease or brain disease is a necessary or exclusionary criterion for diagnosing this syndrome. In an attempt to resolve these issues, this article reviews the literature on isolated visual hallucinations and presents follow-up data from six cases. Criteria for diagnosing the Charles Bonnet syndrome are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-98
Number of pages9
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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