Amnesia following left medial frontal subcortical hemorrhage: A case report

Osamu Iizuka, Kyoko Suzuki, Toshikatsu Fujii, Etsuro Mori, Atsushi Yamadori

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Abstract

There has been a controversy as to the contribution of the frontal lobe to human memory function. We describe a 49-year-old right-handed patient with memory disturbance following a left medial frontal subcortical hematoma. Her amnesia was characterized by 1) predominant anterograde amnesia, 2) difficulty in both voluntary recall and recognition tasks, 3) a great number of false-alarm responses in a recognition task, and 4) no confabulation. An MRI demonstrated that her lesion was restricted to the left medial frontal area and anterior cingulate gyrus. This case represents a rare instance of amnesia following damage to the frontal lobe. We speculated that the unique feature of her memory impairment resulted from combined lesions in the medial frontal subcortical white matter and anterior cingulate gyrus. It seems that Papez's cingulate participated in the development of these symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalBrain and Nerve
Volume57
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar 1

Keywords

  • Amnesia
  • Anterior cingulate gyrus
  • Frontal lobe
  • Papez's circuite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Iizuka, O., Suzuki, K., Fujii, T., Mori, E., & Yamadori, A. (2005). Amnesia following left medial frontal subcortical hemorrhage: A case report. Brain and Nerve, 57(3), 227-231.