Musical hallucinations with a right frontotemporal stroke

Congratulations to Drs. Buchwald, Heilman and Simpkins on the publication of “Musical hallucinations with a right frontotemporal stroke,” in the September issue of Neurocase.



Musical hallucinations have been reported in association with psychiatric diseases, brain stem strokes, deafness, degenerative diseases, intoxications, pharmacologic agents, and epilepsy. We present a patient who in the absence of these disorders developed musical hallucinations from an infarction of the right hemisphere that primarily injured his right frontal and anterior temporal lobes. This report discusses some of the possible mechanisms for this patient’s presentation. Although the mechanism of his musical hallucinations remains unclear, recognition of this uncommon syndrome is important when structuring rehabilitation and management for patients with stroke who have this disorder.