North American Journal of Medical Sciences

RESEARCH LETTER
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 472--477

Neurodegeneration and mirror image agnosia


Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra1, Thomas Gregor Issac2 
1 Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Clinical Neurosciences, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra
Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
India

Background: Normal Percept with abnormal meaning (Agnosias) has been described from nineteenth century onwards. Later literature became abundant with information on the spectrum of Prosopagnosias. However, selective difficulty in identifying reflected self images with relatively better cognitive functions leads to problems in differentiating it from non-organic psychosis. Aim: In the present study, we investigated patients with dementia who showed difficulty in identifying reflected self images while they were being tested for problems in gnosis with reference to identification of reflected objects, animals, relatives, and themselves and correlate with neuropsychological and radiological parameters. Patients and Methods: Five such patients were identified and tested with a 45 cm × 45 cm mirror kept at 30-cm distance straight ahead of them. Results: Mirror image agnosia is seen in patients with moderate stage posterior dementias who showed neuropsychological and radiological evidence of right parietal dysfunction. Conclusion: Interpretation of reflected self images perception in real time probably involves distinct data-linking circuits in the right parietal lobe, which may get disrupted early in the course of the disease.


How to cite this article:
Chandra SR, Issac TG. Neurodegeneration and mirror image agnosia.North Am J Med Sci 2014;6:472-477


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Chandra SR, Issac TG. Neurodegeneration and mirror image agnosia. North Am J Med Sci [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Jun 27 ];6:472-477
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