Alice in Wonderland syndrome


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Al·ice in Won·der·land syn·drome

a sense of depersonalization, levitation, bizarre alterations in body schema (for example, shrinking, expanding), and metamorphopsia that can be associated with epilepsy, migraine, certain parietal lobe diseases, ingestion of hallucinogenic drugs, and schizophrenia.

Alice in Wonderland syndrome

perceptual distortions of space and size, as experienced by the character Alice in the Lewis Carroll story. Similar hallucinogenic experiences have been reported by individuals using drugs of abuse and by patients with certain neurological diseases.
A generic term for bizarre perceptual distortions
Neurology (1) A neurological condition that causes distorted visuals that make objects appear either much smaller (micropsia) or larger (macropsia) than they are
(2) A coinage for depersonalisation, altered perceptions of body image, visual hallucination, feelings of levitation, metamorphosis
Aetiology Migraine aura, simple or complex partial seizures, also in hypnagogic, delirium, encephalitis, brain masses, drug overdose, schizophrenia
Paediatrics A perceptual distortion as a presenting symptom of infectious mononucleosis that may be accompanied by convulsions, ataxia, nuchal rigidity, meningitis with mononuclear cells in the cerebrosinal fluid, encephalitis, transverse myelitis, Bell’s palsy, Guillain-Barré syndrome
Substance abuse Distortions of time, space, and sensation associated with hallucinogens

Al·ice in Won·der·land syn·drome

(al'is wŭn'dĕr-land sin'drōm)
Syndrome of disturbed space, time, and body image associated with visual hallucinations.

Alice in Wonderland,

character created by author Lewis Carroll.
Alice in Wonderland syndrome - syndrome characterized by distortion of time perception, distortion of body perception, and visual hallucinations; migraine is often involved.