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Auditory agnosia caused by bilateral putamen haemorrhage
  1. Tomohito Sugiura,
  2. Tsuyoshi Torii
  1. Department of Neurology, National Hospital Organization Kure Medical Center, 3-1 Aoyama, Kure city, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tomohito Sugiura, sugiurat{at} and Dr Tsuyoshi Torii, toriit{at}


A 55-year-old right-handed man with a history of hypertension suddenly fell and developed right hemiparesis. Neurological examination revealed that he was alert, but did not appropriately respond to verbal questions and commands. Detailed examination revealed that he could correctly respond to written commands. His speech was almost fluent, showing no paraphasia and normal articulation. His written sentences were legible. Pure tone audiometry showed that his auditory acuity was relatively preserved. His brainstem auditory evoked potential components from I to V were recorded bilaterally with normal latency. Cerebral CT demonstrated fresh bleeding in the left putamen and an old haemorrhage on the opposite side. He was treated by antihypertensive therapy and rehabilitation. Although there remained mild sensory deficit on his right extremities and he felt a slight noise during conversation, he had little difficulty with verbal communication when he was transferred to another hospital on day 38.

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  • primary care
  • neurootology
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  • Contributors Both authors assessed and managed this case. TS conceived the idea of writing the case, obtained informed consent from the patient and drafted the first version of the manuscript. TT edited the article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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

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