No. 136: JUL-AUG 2001
The woman's symptoms began with nausea, fatigue and then disorientation. Then, after a year, she began hearing music in the forms of songs she knew. The music was peristent but kept changing.
In December, it involved Christmas songs, for example. The songs were ones the woman learned when she was young.
She had no obvious physical problems that might explain the hallucinations. The woman naturally went to a psychiatrist, but to no avail. Finally, repeated MRI examinations revealed two small brain aneurysms. When these were corrected surgically, the music stopped.
(Nagourney, Eric; "A Song in Your Head Can Turn Deadly," New York Times, April 24, 2001. Cr. M. Piechota.)
Comment. Just how can the pressure from slightly bulging blood vessels cause someone to hear songs stored in one's memory?
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