Pure word deafness and pure anarthria in a patient with frontotemporal dementia

O. Iizuka, K. Suzuki, K. Endo, T. Fujii, E. Mori

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A 66-year-old right-handed man developed pure anarthria following pure word deafness. In addition to language disorders, his behavior gradually changed and finally included violence against his wife. Brain magnetic resonance imagings revealed atrophy of the left perisylvian area, which included the inferior half of the precentral gyrus and the upper portion of the superior temporal gyrus, consistent with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). It has been documented as either a disorder of expressive language or as an impaired understanding of word meaning. Unlike with pure anarthria, pure word deafness is not included in the clinical diagnostic current criteria for FTD. However, a large variety of language symptoms can appear in FTD according to the distribution of pathological changes in the frontotemporal cortices. This case suggests that pure word deafness could be a prodomal symptom of FTD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-475
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr


  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Pure anarthria
  • Pure word deafness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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