Clinical Images  |   December 2018
Posterior Cortical Atrophy
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  •  *Address correspondence to Viet Le, DO, MS, Garden City Hospital, Department of Neurology, 25150 Ford Rd, Ste 100, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 Email:
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Geriatric Medicine / Imaging / Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Clinical Images
Clinical Images   |   December 2018
Posterior Cortical Atrophy
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2018, Vol. 118, 833. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2018, Vol. 118, 833. doi:
A 63-year-old right-handed man was referred for a neurologic consultation for difficulties with word finding. The patient could not name familiar objects and had to resort to pointing at them. On examination, he scored a 25/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, revealing issues with visuospatial relations. In the clock-drawing test, he reversed the positions of 3 and 9. On the Boston Naming Test, he required phonemic cueing for objects such as “stethoscope” and “accordion.” Neuropsychological testing revealed moderately impaired visual sequencing and psychomotor speed. A magnetic resonance image demonstrated mild atrophy of the left occipital lobe (image A, arrow), suggesting a diagnosis of posterior cortical atrophy (PCA). Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography was ordered, and images revealed hypometabolism in bilateral occipital cortices, more on the left than on the right (image B), confirming the diagnosis of PCA. 

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