We used 18-F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomogra¬phy (CT) to study eight patients with homonymous hemianopias or quadrantanopias due to ischemic lesions of the visual pathways. Four patients with ischemic damage to all or part of the occipital lobe had decreased glucose metabolism in the affected region. Three patients with ischemic damage limited to the optic radiations had decreased glucose metabolism in the portion of striate cortex appropriate for the visual field defect. Changes in glucose metabolism frequently occurred in the undamaged ipsilateral thalamus and visual association areas.
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- Clinical Neurology