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August 1975

Asymptomatic Destruction of the Fornix in Man

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, St. Louis University School of Medicine (Dr. Woolsey); and the departments of pathology and pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (Dr. Nelson).

Arch Neurol. 1975;32(8):566-568. doi:10.1001/archneur.1975.00490500086012

In the five previous reports dealing with the effects of interruption of the fornix in man, two noted that a severe disturbance of recent memory resulted, and three indicated that no symptoms were evident. The brain was examined in only one of the cases cited. This report describes a patient, without any apparent neurological or psychological disturbances, in whom a malignant tumor had destroyed the fornix bilaterally.

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