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February 1988

Confusional States Following Posterior Cerebral Artery Infarction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Cornell University Medical Center, New York. Dr Devinsky is now with the Medical Neurology Branch, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, and Dr Bear is now with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Neurol. 1988;45(2):160-163. doi:10.1001/archneur.1988.00520260046018

• Four patients with left-sided posterior cerebral artery infarction developed acute confusional states. Fifteen additional patients with confusion following unilateral posterior cerebral artery infarction were identified from a review of the literature; in 14 the lesion was left sided. Destruction or disconnection of dominant hemisphere neocortex from limbic structures, resulting in impairment of focal attention, loss of linguistically organized memory, and/or disruption of temporal sequencing may be responsible for this syndrome.

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