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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease revealed by a logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia


Martory, M D; Roth, S; Lövblad, K O; Neumann, M; Lobrinus, J A; Assal, F (2012). Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease revealed by a logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia. European Neurology, 67(6):360-362.

Abstract

Logopenic aphasia, mainly characterized by word anomia, sentence and phrase comprehension difficulties secondary to phonological loop deficits but relatively preserved single word comprehension and no agrammatism, is one of the 3 main variants of primary progressive aphasia (PPA). We describe the first case of PPA that fulfilled clinical criteria of logopenic aphasia but showed abnormal DWI hyperintensities that were predominant on the left hemisphere and compatible with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). After abnormally long isolated language deficits, the patient rapidly worsened and died. Autopsy performed 18 months after onset of language difficulties confirmed the diagnosis. We therefore advocate performing DWI sequences in any suspicion of PPA in order to rule out CJD.

Abstract

Logopenic aphasia, mainly characterized by word anomia, sentence and phrase comprehension difficulties secondary to phonological loop deficits but relatively preserved single word comprehension and no agrammatism, is one of the 3 main variants of primary progressive aphasia (PPA). We describe the first case of PPA that fulfilled clinical criteria of logopenic aphasia but showed abnormal DWI hyperintensities that were predominant on the left hemisphere and compatible with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). After abnormally long isolated language deficits, the patient rapidly worsened and died. Autopsy performed 18 months after onset of language difficulties confirmed the diagnosis. We therefore advocate performing DWI sequences in any suspicion of PPA in order to rule out CJD.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:21 Dec 2012 13:40
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 17:25
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:0014-3022
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1159/000336796
PubMed ID:22614571

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