Name  Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS)
Related to/Also known as 

Migraine aura

Symptoms of AIWS

"[Migraine aura may] be accompanied by apparent flashing lights, by geometric shapes, or by unusual forms. Some migraineurs may experience unusual perceptions or hallucinations and a very rare form of aura known as "Alice in Wonderland" syndrome. This syndrome is identified by the perceptions of the sufferer; their body or other peoples’ bodies look distorted, so that things appear larger or smaller than usual, or further or closer away (“macropsia / micropsia”)."

Source: Link opens in new window Migraine Action

"[Things may appear] life-size or reduced or enlarged in size, and may be the same every time so they become familiar. The hallucinations may appear out of the blue and carry on for a few minutes or sometimes several hours. They can seem real – such as cows in a field – or unreal, such as pictures of dragons."

Source: Link opens in new window NHS Choices

Useful national contacts Migraine Action
Tel. 0116 275 8317
Link opens in new window www.migraine.org.uk
Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window www.migraine.org.uk/professionals/migraine-support-groups
Rare Disease UK (RDUK) is the national alliance for people in the UK with rare diseases
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Online resources 

What is migraine aura? (Migraine Action PDF, NHS website)
Link opens in new window www.nhs.uk/ipgmedia/national/migraine%20action/assets/whatismigraineaura.pdf

The Alice in Wonderland syndrome (PubMed)
Link opens in new window www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10767914

Our resources

The library at the Brain Charity has a range of resources on Alice in Wonderland Syndrome  (AIWS) and on a wide range of disability related issues.

Visit our library to read our copy of the Brain and Spine Foundation's booklet on Migraine, which includes information on Migraine Aura.