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Musical Hallucinations In An Alcohol Withdrawal State

Aniket Bansode, Chetan Lokhande, Sanjay Kukreja, Avinash De Sousa, Nilesh Shah, Sushma Sonavane


Objective: We report a rare case of musical hallucination in a male who had a history of alcohol consumption for 25 years. Methods: We present a 47-year-male with a history of alcohol consumption since 25 years presented with fearfulness, hearing voices and decreased sleep for 8 days.  The last drink was 12 days prior to presentation. Results: The patient was diagnosed to have alcohol withdrawal syndrome and had musical hallucination whereby he heard voices reading a poem in a rhyming manner. These voices threatened him in these musical rhyming ways that they would make him go mad, would not allow him to sleep and would kill him and his family members. Conclusion: Musical hallucination has heterogeneous clinical and pathophysiological etiology, and has been reported in the elderly and in those with hearing impairment, central nervous system disorders and psychiatric disorders. Musical hallucination is very rare in alcohol withdrawal syndrome.  The treatment of musical hallucination includes carbamazepine, clomipramine and Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 15 (2): July – December 2014: 205-208.


Musical Hallucination, Alcohol, Withdrawal, Addiction, Auditory Hallucination

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