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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 10 (1997), Issue 2-3, Pages 101-103
Case Report

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in a Woman with Left Basal Ganglia Infarct: A Case Report

Faustino Lopez-Rodriguez, Ibrahim Gunay, and Nancy Glaser

Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, NPI&H, 740 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA

Received 21 March 1997; Accepted 25 May 1997

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This report presents a syndrome resembling obsessive convulsive disorder (OCD) secondary to a stroke in the left basal ganglia. The patient's syndrome is virtually identical to those that have been described in bilateral damage of the basal ganglia. However, the stroke described in this case report is located unilaterally in the left basal ganglia. In addition, experience in treating a patient with OCD induced by structural damage of basal ganglia is presented.