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Musical hallucination following whiplash injury: case report and literature review.
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PMID:  22643207     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: A musical hallucination is defined as a form of auditory hallucination characterised by the perception of music in the absence of external acoustic stimuli. It is infrequently cited in the literature, although population studies suggest a greater prevalence. The aetiology of this unusual disorder remains unclear.
CASE REPORT: A 70-year-old man with acquired hearing loss suffered a whiplash injury in a low-speed road traffic accident, and subsequently presented with bilateral 'tinnitus.' On closer questioning, he described hearing orchestral music. There was no evidence of psychosis, delirium or intoxication, and the patient was managed expectantly.
CONCLUSION: This patient represents the first published case of musical hallucination precipitated by whiplash injury. We explore the possible pathophysiological underpinnings of musical hallucination and highlight the need for a greater awareness of this disorder. A management strategy is suggested.
Y M Bhatt; J P de Carpentier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  126     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-30     Completed Date:  2012-10-02     Revised Date:  2013-07-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  615-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Preston Hospital, Fulwood, Preston, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic*
Auditory Perception
Hallucinations / epidemiology,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Hearing Loss, Bilateral / physiopathology
Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Music / psychology*
Whiplash Injuries / complications*,  epidemiology
Comment In:
J Laryngol Otol. 2013 Jun;127(6):625-6   [PMID:  23587273 ]
J Laryngol Otol. 2013 Jun;127(6):627   [PMID:  23587293 ]

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