Amid seizures, man sketched his 'beautiful' hallucinations

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Amid seizures, man sketched his 'beautiful' hallucinations

August 9, 2018

CNN covers report by Dr. Christopher Ransom to help other physicians diagnose patient's form of epilepsy.

A 71-year-old man experienced seizures more and more frequently until they were occurring several times an hour. That's when he decided to drive himself from western Washington to the Seattle division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, according to Dr. Christopher Ransom, a professor of neurology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a staff neurologist at the hospital. He is first author of a report that accompanied an image the man drew of his hallucinations. The image was published in the journal JAMA Neurology.

Ransom said he and co-authors submitted the man's drawing with the hope that other physicians may better recognize this type of epilepsy (occipital lobe), which is often misdiagnosed as migraine with aura.