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Todd's Syndrome

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on 13 December 2012

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Transcript of Todd's Syndrome

Todd's Syndrome
or
Alice in Wonderland What is it? A Little Bit of History "The syndrome was first explained in 1955 by the English psychiatrist John Todd (1914-1987)." Todd named it for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll because the syndrome mimics Alice's perception of Wonderland. Symptoms of Todd's Syndrome " " http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=24174 A syndrome of distorted space, time and body image. The patient with the Alice in Wonderland syndrome has a feeling that their entire body or parts of it have been altered in shape and size. The syndrome is usually associated with visual hallucinations http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=24174 Todd's syndrome symptoms begin with very severe headaches.

Someone affected by Todd's syndrome first feels their surroundings changing.

They then experience macropsia. This is when you think your body is becoming smaller. These feelings are then reversed.
The patients then experiences their body changing sizes at different intervals starting with their hands
Other senses including smell begin to be distorted and magnified.
Time seems to be suspended
Runs in families that have a history of migraines

http://medicana.blogspot.com/2009/02/alice-in-wonderland-syndrome.html Diagnosis of Todd's Syndrome "Physicians will first rule out damage to the eye or the ocular nerve."
This is because this disease can be mistaken for an ocular problem.
"An EEG will show electrical activity in the areas of the brain that produce vision and perception. " http://dailydiseasesanddisorders.tumblr.com/post/3636360265/alice-in-wonderland-syndrome Treatment Treatment and medication is the same for migraines
anticonvulsants, beta blockers, and diet regulation.
The symptoms of this condition also begin to fade as the patient ages
How do Patients React to This? "The patient complains of visual, auditory and tactile hallucinations and altered perceptions. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome can be baffling and terrifying for the patient; for he feels he is going mad in a weird world with warped perceptions and hallucinations."
It is hard to walk because the patient feels as though their legs are simply stretching out
Movement is difficult and seems almost impossible. In reality, there is much more movement than needed
However, many patients see it as a very "cool experience" They like the way they are seeing the world
Bibliography http://www.aliceinwonderlandsyndrome.net/

http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=24174

http://medicana.blogspot.com/2009/02/alice-in-wonderland-syndrome.html

http://dailydiseasesanddisorders.tumblr.com/post/3636360265/alice-in-wonderland-syndrome
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