Homonymous Hemianopsia Due to Posterior Cortical Atrophy

Francesco Pellegrini, Andrew G. Lee, Pietro Zucchetta

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A 63-year-old woman presented to her ophthalmologist complaining of reading difficulties for two years. Ophthalmological examination revealed a homonymous hemianopsia. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan was interpreted as normal, but positron emission tomography (PET) showed areas of posterior brain hypometabolism. This case highlights the high diagnostic suspicion that ophthalmologists should have regarding posterior cortical atrophy (including the visual variant of Alzheimer disease) in patients complaining of reading difficulties in the setting of a normal ophthalmic examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-158
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 4 2017


  • Brain PET
  • homonymous hemianopsia
  • posterior cortical atrophy
  • visual variant of Alzheimer disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Neurology


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