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Transient Musical Hallucinations in a Young Adult Male Associated with Alcohol Withdrawal

Blackman, G; Lim, MF; Mannan, F; David, A; (2019) Transient Musical Hallucinations in a Young Adult Male Associated with Alcohol Withdrawal. Case Reports in Psychiatry , 2019 10.1155/2019/6546451. Green open access

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Abstract

We present the case of a 25-year-old male who presented to A&E with isolated musical hallucinations, in the absence of audiological or neurological disease. The patient had a history of recreational drug use and a family history of psychosis. Hallucinations, which were preceded by discontinuation of alcohol and reinitiation of citalopram for depression, resolved spontaneously after three days. Aetiological factors are discussed alongside the existing literature. Whilst the underlying mechanisms underpinning musical hallucinations remain elusive, the case illustrates the potential role of alcohol withdrawal, serotonin toxicity, recreational drug use, and genetic vulnerability.

Type: Article
Title: Transient Musical Hallucinations in a Young Adult Male Associated with Alcohol Withdrawal
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1155/2019/6546451
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/6546451
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2019 Graham Blackman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087701
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