Anterior operculum syndrome localized by SPECT

Yair Lampl*, Adam Steinmetz, Ronit Gilad, Yehiel Eshel, David Chamovitz, I. Sarova-Pinhas

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The aim of this case report was to present a patient with complete anarthria and orofacial apraxia without other relevant neurological deficit. The clinical features are compatible with anterior operculum syndrome. Methods: A regional brain perfusion scan was done using 99mTc-HMPAO and a SPECT gamma camera. A brain CT scan and an MRI were also performed. Results: Brain CT and MRI were not diagnostic. On brain SPECT, hypoperfusion of the left inferior area of the frontal lobe was noted. Conclusion: The patient studied showed an uncommon case of anterior operculum syndrome of focal degenerative origin localized by SPECT. SPECT may be a useful and effective method for diagnosis of this unusual neurological deficit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1122-1124
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Anarthria
  • Anterior operculum syndrome
  • Isolated cortical atrophy
  • Orofacial apraxia


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