Obsessive compulsive disorder due to a cavernous malformation hemorrhage in the dominant caudate head

Brian S. Katz, Kelly D. Flemming

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Abstract

Structural lesions of the basal ganglia may lead to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). We report a 31-year-old woman who developed OCD after a previously asymptomatic left caudate intracerebral cavernous malformation (ICM) hemorrhaged. Her neurologic examination was normal. Her OCD required hospitalization and improved with medication and therapy. The pathophysiology of this psychiatric disorder probably reflects a frontal cortex deafferentation mechanism. In patients with known ICM, any abrupt change in neurologic or psychiatric symptoms should prompt repeat imaging to assess for hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-399
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • Cavernoma
  • Cavernous malformation
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Psychiatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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