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Acta Otolaryngol. 2005 Dec;125(12):1351-5.

Magnetoencephalography and positron emission tomography studies of a patient with auditory agnosia caused by bilateral lesions confined to the auditory radiations.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.


The aim of this study was to investigate auditory cortex function in the context of auditory stimuli in a patient with auditory agnosia due to bilateral lesions confined to the auditory radiations. A male patient experienced mild left temporal hemiplegia because of right putaminal hemorrhage at the age of 43 years. Thereafter he recovered completely but hypertension persisted. When he was 53 years old, he suffered left putaminal hemorrhage and went into a coma. After recovering from the coma and right hemiplegia he could hear but could not discriminate speech sounds. Brain CT and MRI demonstrated small bilateral lesions confined to the auditory radiations. Magnetoencephalography demonstrated the disappearance of middle latency responses and auditory-evoked potential studies showed a very small Pa peak. In contrast, a positron emission tomography study demonstrated a marked increase in blood flow in the bilateral auditory cortex in response to both click and monosyllable stimuli. It is speculated that the auditory cortex receives functional projections from the cochlea via non-specific pathways in the cerebral hemispheres.

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