Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Alice-in-Wonderland Syndrome

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_147


A disorder of perception where visual disturbances occur. It was given its name due to the fact that the syndrome's symptoms are remarkably similar to the distortions in body image and shape as experienced by the main character in Lewis Carrol's 1865 novel “Alice in Wonderland” Objects either appear to be much larger (macropsia) or smaller (micropsia) than normal, and there is also usually an impaired perception of time and place.

 Migraine, Childhood Syndromes

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