Functional MR imaging of psychogenic amnesia: a case report

Korean J Radiol. Jul-Sep 2005;6(3):196-9. doi: 10.3348/kjr.2005.6.3.196.


We present here a case in which functional MR imaging (fMRI) was done for a patient who developed retrograde psychogenic amnesia for a four year period of her life history after a severe stressful event. We performed the fMRI study for a face recognition task using stimulation with three kinds of face photographs: recognizable familiar faces, unrecognizable friends' faces due to the psychogenic amnesia, and unfamiliar control faces. Different activation patterns between the recognizable faces and unrecognizable faces were found in the limbic area, and especially in the amygdala and hippocampus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amnesia, Retrograde / diagnosis*
  • Amnesia, Retrograde / etiology*
  • Amygdala / physiology
  • Female
  • Hippocampus / physiology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic*