Journal of Neurology

, Volume 249, Issue 12, pp 1699–1703

Tactile hallucinations in Parkinson's disease


  • Gilles Fénelon
    • Service de neurologie, Hôpital Henri Mondor, 94010 Créteil Cedex, France.
  • Stéphane Thobois
    • Hôpital P. Wertheimer, Lyon, France
  • Anne-Marie Bonnet
    • Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France
  • Emmanuel Broussolle
    • Hôpital P. Wertheimer, Lyon, France
  • François Tison
    • Hôpital Haut-Lévêque, Pessac, France

DOI: 10.1007/s00415-002-0908-9

Cite this article as:
Fénelon, G., Thobois, S., Bonnet, A. et al. J Neurol (2002) 249: 1699. doi:10.1007/s00415-002-0908-9


Hallucinations occur in up to 40 % of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and are mainly of a visual nature. We prospectively studied 8 patients with PD and tactile hallucinations (TH). TH occurred with a clear sensorium, and were long-lasting. In most cases they involved animals, were combined with other types of hallucinations occurring simultaneously (mainly formed visual hallucinations), and predominated in the evening and/or at night. Pharmacological and disease-related factors, including a disorder in rapid-eye-movement sleep mechanisms, could play a part in the pathophysiology of these hallucinations.

Key words Parkinson's diseasetactile hallucinationsREM-sleep

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