Strange Symptoms: Prosopometamorphopsia

Back in 2011, legendary neurologist Oliver Sacks was a part of a team that was introduced to a woman experiencing a strange kind of visual hallucination known as Prosopometamorphopsia.

After an indeterminate amount of time, the unnamed woman would see the faces of people morph into what could be described as dragons. When asked about the appearance of these creatures she said that they were...  "Black, grew long, pointy ears and a protruding snout, and displayed a reptiloid skin and huge eyes in bright yellow, green, blue, or red.

In spite of her disorder, she was in fact able to get married and start a family, in hopes that living a normal life would help the symptoms subside or she would simply grow accustomed to the hallucinations.

Unfortunately, as time progressed the visuals weren't solely limited to people's faces as the dragons would materialize out of thin air and float towards her from computer screens, darkness, electrical sockets, and walls. This hindered her ability to maintain a job, thus propelling her to contact the research team that Dr. Sacks was a part of.

Despite a litany of tests (EEG, blood work, etc) the direct cause of this is unknown as her results would always come back normal with the exception of a few abnormalities within the white matter of her brain. They were not however deemed harmful enough to catalyze these types of visions within the patient.


There has yet to be a clear cut cause for this type of disorder but it was found that rivastigmine, a popular dementia medication, helps to alleviate the symptoms for the most part, allowing her to live a full and productive life.

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