Understanding a strange phenomenon: Lilliputian hallucinations

Prabhat K. Chand, Pratima Murthy

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Lilliputian hallucinations are infrequent but reported in a variety of states ranging from toxic metabolic states, medical, neurological and psychiatric conditions. We report three cases with different psychiatric diagnoses all presenting witb vivid Lilliputian hallucinations. An attempt to apply the current biological mechanisms that explain complex visual hallucinations to Lilliputian hallucinations is made. The phenomenon of size constancy and a functional break between the visual cortex and association cortices explains the phenomena of micropsia, a sensory distortion. We propose whether this principle could also determine the form of hallucinations and produce Lilliputian hallucination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-24
Number of pages4
JournalGerman Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23-01-2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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