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Case report
Anton’s syndrome: a rare and unusual form of blindness
  1. Faisal Bashir Chaudhry1,
  2. Samavia Raza2 and
  3. Usman Ahmad3
  1. 1 Stroke Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Radiology Department, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  3. 3 Gastroenterology, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Faisal Bashir Chaudhry; faisalbchaudhry{at}


Anton syndrome is characterised by visual anosognosia. It results from damage to both occipital lobes, while the anterior visual pathways remain intact. We describe four cases of Anton’s syndrome. First case is that of a 73-year-old woman, who presented with two separate events of intraparenchymal brain haemorrhage, 4 years apart. Her first stroke affected the left and second affected the right occipital lobe. Bilateral occipital lobe damage resulted in cortical blindness. Second case is an 88-year-old man, who suffered from two ischaemic strokes, 2 days apart. Each stroke involved one posterior cerebral artery. This resulted in bilateral occipital and temporal lobe infarcts. Third case is a 64-year-old woman with chronic renal failure, who suffered bilateral occipital lobe infarction after haemodialysis, due to posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome. Last case is that of an 80-year-old woman who suffered a basilar artery stroke, resulting in bilateral thalamic, temporal and occipital lobe infarction.

  • stroke
  • neuroimaging
  • visual pathway
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  • Contributors FBC was involved in care of these patients and contributed in writing up the case report and discussion. SR helped in review of literature and with her vast experience in radiology, helped in image selection. UA contributed to literature review, writing abstract and discussion.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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