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Case report


Semantic Dementia Diagnosed by F-18 FDG PET/MRI: Co-registered Images.

Prashant JolepalemDafang Wu
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Molecular Imaging, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Health System, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Date of Submission: 12-May-2013, Date of Acceptance: 28-Jul-2013, Date of Web Publication: 31-Aug-2013.
Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Prashant Jolepalem

William Beaumont Hospital 3601 W. 13 Mile Road Royal Oak‑48073, Michigan.
E-mail: pjolepalem@gmail.com

Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Prashant Jolepalem

William Beaumont Hospital 3601 W. 13 Mile Road Royal Oak‑48073, Michigan.
E-mail: pjolepalem@gmail.com

DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.117459 Facebook Twitter Google Linkedin

ABSTRACT


We report a case of a 61-year-old male who presented with a sudden change in mental status. From a psychiatric standpoint, his symptoms were consistent with a bipolar disorder. A neurology consult raised suspicion for vascular dementia, given the sudden onset of symptoms; however, the magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) was unremarkable. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) had findings that were suggestive of both vascular and frontotemporal lobe dementia based on parenchymal atrophy and a lacunar infarct near the thalamus. However, by co-registering the magnetic resonance images with a subsequent fluorine-18 Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (F-18 FDG PET), and combining the functional data with the anatomic appearance, the diagnosis was narrowed to semantic dementia, which is one of the lesser known subtypes of frontotemporal lobe dementia (FTD).
Keywords: Fluorodeoxyglucose Brain Positron Emission Tomography Frontotemporal Dementia, Positron Emission Tomography/magnetic Resonance Imaging, Semantic Dementia

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