Hiding in plain sight: a closer look at posterior cortical atrophy.

TitleHiding in plain sight: a closer look at posterior cortical atrophy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
JournalPractical neurology
Volume15
Issue1
Pagination5-13
Date Published2015 Feb
ISSN1474-7758
AbstractPosterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a neurodegenerative syndrome dominated by deterioration of higher visual function (particularly visuospatial and visuoperceptual abilities). It is most commonly due to Alzheimer's disease pathology, but may also be caused by dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Patients often present to optometrists, ophthalmologists and/or neurologists with non-specific visual complaints, and unless clinicians seek the specific symptoms and signs of PCA (beyond that of the 'standard' neurological examination), this infrequent disorder is easily missed, delaying its diagnosis and treatment. We review the clinical features of PCA, focusing on its visual manifestations, to help neurologists recognise this important syndrome.
URLhttp://pn.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=25216669
DOI10.1136/practneurol-2014-000883
PubMed Linkhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25216669?dopt=Abstract
Short TitlePract Neurol