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Are musical obsessions a temporal lobe phenomenon?

Author(s): Hugo, F., van Heerden, B. B., Stein, D. J.

Journal/Book: J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1999; 11: 398-400.

Abstract: Obsessive musical tunes have been described in some cases of obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD). The authors present 2 cases of patients with musical obsessions, including findings from functional brain imaging. Both patients, 1 with idiopathic OCD and 1 with symptoms secondary to head trauma, demonstrated decreased blood flow in temporal lobes. This finding is consistent with previous literature on musical and auditory hallucinations.

Keyword(s): Adult. Case Report. Female. Human. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Middle Age. Music. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder/diagnosis/physiopathology. Support, Non-U.S. Gov't. Temporal Lobe/blood supply/physiopathology/radionuclide imaging. Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon

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