Striatal infarcts mimicking frontotemporal dementia: A case report

Y. Nishio, Y. Nakano, K. Matsumoto, M. Hashimoto, H. Kazul, N. Hirono, K. Ishii, Etsuro Mori

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We described a patient with bilateral striatal infarcts, in whom stereotyped and disinhibited behaviors were insidiously emerged over 2 years mimicking frontotemporal dementia (FTD). A positron emission tomography with 18-fluorodeoxy glucose showed a hypometabolism in the frontal lobes, basal ganglia, and thalami. The peculiar behavioral alterations remained unchanged for the following 7 years, suggesting that the disease is not degenerative but of vascular origin. A disruption of the fronto-subcortical circuits at the level of the striatum or the anterior thalamic peduncle is attributable to the FTD-like behavioral and cognitive syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-460
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul


  • Anterior thalamic peduncle
  • Caudate nucleus
  • Fronto-subcortical circuits
  • Stereotyped and disinhibited behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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