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Bithalamic Infarct Revisited: Clinical, Imaging, Neuropsychological Profile and Prognosis
Clinical Neurology and Neuroscience
Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages: 44-50
Received: Jun. 8, 2020; Accepted: Jun. 19, 2020; Published: Jul. 4, 2020
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Thierry Adoukonou, Service de Neurologie CHU Limoges, Limoges, France; Unité d’Enseignement et de Recherche de Neurologie, Faculté de Médecine Université de Parakou, Parakou, Benin
Mendinatou Agbétou, Unité d’Enseignement et de Recherche de Neurologie, Faculté de Médecine Université de Parakou, Parakou, Benin
Raphaël Kaboré, Service de Neurologie CHU Limoges, Limoges, France
Frédéric Faugeras, Service de Neurologie CHU Limoges, Limoges, France
Francisco Macian-Montoro, Service de Neurologie CHU Limoges, Limoges, France
Jean-Michel Vallat, Service de Neurologie CHU Limoges, Limoges, France
Laurent Magy, Service de Neurologie CHU Limoges, Limoges, France
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The bilateral thalamic infarcts are a particular entity by their clinical presentations, neuropsychological, etiologic and prognostic. We report here the presentations of 19 consecutive cases collected at University Teaching Hospital of Limoges. All patients underwent clinical evaluation, neuropsychological (only some of them), a diagnostic imaging and a full workup. A follow-up was performed for certain patients These 19 patients including 11 women, mean age 65.6 years (+/- 14.0 years), 13 were hypertensive. Clinically 84.2% had oculomotor disorders and 73.7% of vigilance disorders. Seven patients had motor problems that have persisted for two days in one. In territorial terms, 17 had bilateral paramedian infarction including 10 with a stem associated injury; 1 patient had a heart attack in the paramedian and tubero-thalamic territory and the last patient had tubero-thalamic and thalamo-geniculated infarction. On the etiological among the stroke patients bithalamique paramedian, 9 patients had a disease of the small arteries and March 1 cardioembolic infarction. Neuropsychological disorders in patients examined were marked by disorder of episodic memory, working, executive dysfunction, speech disorders. After a mean follow up of 35 months and among all patients with bilateral thalamic stroke 5 patients had died. Our series confirms some data in the literature on the evolution of these heart attacks and suggests that they are mainly topography paramedian, due to small artery disease and have a particular neuropsychological outcome.
Bithalamic, Stroke, Neuropsychology
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Thierry Adoukonou, Mendinatou Agbétou, Raphaël Kaboré, Frédéric Faugeras, Francisco Macian-Montoro, Jean-Michel Vallat, Laurent Magy, Bithalamic Infarct Revisited: Clinical, Imaging, Neuropsychological Profile and Prognosis, Clinical Neurology and Neuroscience. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2020, pp. 44-50. doi: 10.11648/j.cnn.20200403.11
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