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Cerebral Localisation . Prof.Dr. S. Naz Yeni . Objectives . To learn functional areas of the brain and the brain stem To learn how to localise the neurologic symptoms and signs to particular areas in the brain.

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Cerebral localisation

Cerebral Localisation

Prof.Dr. S. Naz Yeni



  • To learn functional areas of the brain and the brain stem

  • To learn how to localise the neurologic symptoms and signs to particular areas in the brain.

Cerebral localisation

  • Although the brain functions are integrated as one unit some certain areas are specialised on particular functions.

  • Brain lobes

  • Cerebellum

  • Brain stem

    • Mesencephalon

    • Pons

    • Medulla oblangata

Frontal lobe

Frontal lobe

Frontal lobe is the greatest lobe. Its boundaries are parietal lobe posteriorly and temporal lobe under slyvian sulcus. Areas of major clinical importance

Motor cortex (area 4)

Suplementary motor cortex (area 6)

Frontal eye fields (area 8)

Cortical centre for micturation

Broca’s speech area (dominant hemisphere)

Prefrontal cortex

Neighboring structures of clinical interest: olfactory bulb optic nerve

Motor cortex

Motor cortex

  • Contralateral weakness usually limited to a body part e.g. Hand, foot, mouth, commisure

  • Epileptic seizures: focal motor seizures with or without jacksonien march

  • Parasagittal motor strip lesions may cause bilateral paraplegia.Sphinctary control may be lost in these patients.

Eye and head deviation center

Eye and head deviation center

  • Vulpian’s rule: a destructive lesion may cause the head/eye deviate towards the side of the lesion ipsilaterally

  • Adversive fit: an excitation ( an epileptic seizure) may cause contralateral deviation of eye/head

Prefrontal cortex

Prefrontal cortex

  • Frontal lobes play a major role in acquired social behavior: executive functions, abstraction, reasoning, attention. Lesions in prefrontal cortex causes personality change.

  • Personality change may present in two diferrent ways: inhibitory, dysinhibitory type

  • Inhibitory type: patient becomes apathic. Executive dysfunction is the prominent feature.

  • Loss of drive, apathy occurs. Decrease in personal hygiene, loss of concern about personal, social and famıly, business affairs.

  • Dysinhibitory type: manic-like behavior occurs. Patient doesn’t obey social rules. he may well urinate in public without any feeling of ashame. Such a patient can use inproper language and slang words.

Extrafrontal signs

Extrafrontal signs

  • Foster Kennedy syndrome : tumors growing at the base of frontal lobe such as a meningioma of sphenoid bone may cause:

    Ipsilateral anosmia

    Ipsilateral optic nerve atrophy

    Contralateral papilla edema

Additional signs

Additional signs

  • If the lesion is in the dominant hemisphere Broca’s type of dysphasia (expressive type) may occur.

  • Grasp reflex: indicates contralateral frontal lobe damage.If there is bilateral grasp reflex this may indicate bilateral damage in the frontal lobes.

Temporal lobe

Temporal lobe

  • Anteriorly frontal lobe, posteriorly there is occipital lobe. It is folded on itself .Temporal lobe has two distinct part: medial and lateral.

  • Medial: hippocampus amygdala, uncus, parahippocampus etc..

  • Lateral: primary auditory and vestibular cortex, associated visual cortex, central representation of receptive language (Wernicke) area.

  • Deep in the layers passes the visual pathways forming Meyer’s loop.



  • Hippocampus: memory formation (recall of the recent memory) visceral motility functions

  • Uncus: smell and taste represantation

  • Amygdala: autonomic activity via the connections with hypothalamus sexual behavior

  • A part of limbic system. Connections with frontal lobe have implications on behavior personality

Clinical features

Clinical features

  • Epileptic seizures

  • Wernicke’s type of receptive dysphasia

  • Upper homonym quadrantanopsia

  • Emotional facial asymmetry

Epileptic seizure

Epileptic seizure

Auras implying temporal lobe epilepsy;

Hippocampus: epigastric rising sensation, deja vu, jamais vu like feelings..

Amygdala: fear, palpitation, autonomic symptoms (piloerection, sweating, mydriasis)

Uncus: gustatory, olfactory hallucinations

Lateral temporal lobe: Vestibular, auditory hallucinations, complicated visual hallucinations

Parietal lobe

Parietal lobe

  • Extending from rolandic sulcus posteriorly to the parieto-occipital junction. Below there is temporal lobe.

    Critical zones

  • Somato-sensory cortex: 3,1,2

  • Receptive language area of Wernicke (at the junction with temporal lobe: opercular area)

  • Visual pathways

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms

  • Lower quadrantanoptic homonym hemianopsia

  • Wernicke’s (receptive) type of dysphasia in the dominant hemisphere

  • Cortical sensory loss : astereoagnosia, loss of two point discrimination, extinction phenomenon.

  • Apraxia (dominant hemisphere lesions)

  • Anosagnosia (nondominant hemisphere lesions)

Gerstman syndrome angular gyrus dominant side

Gerstman syndrome (angular gyrus/dominant side)

  • Loss of right/left discrimination

  • Acalculia

  • Finger agnosia

  • Alexia with agraphia

Some definitions

Some definitions

  • Apraxia: loss of ability of learned motor skills

    Ideomotor apraxia: when asked “as if to brush teeth” patient can not perform. However in daily life spontaneous acts are performed.

    Ideational apraxia: the patient can not program, plan multistep activities. Daily life may be problematic.

  • Agnosia:is a loss of ability to recognize objects, persons, shapes, etc. while the specific sense is not defective.

Some definitions1

Some definitions

  • Dyslexia(word blindness): loss of ability to reading

  • Anosagnosia: denial, hemineglect

  • Asteroagnosia: inability to identify an object by touch without visual input.

Occipital lobe

Occipital lobe

  • Primary visual cortex(area 17) is located behind parietal and temporal lobes.

    Signs and symptoms;

  • Epileptic seizures

  • Homonymous hemianopsia (unilateral disease)

  • Cortical blindness (in bilateral lesions)

  • Agnosia

  • Dyslexia

Epileptic seizures

Epileptic seizures

  • occipital lobe seizures start with auras of elemantary visual hallucinations, scotomas, amourosis, homonoym hemianopsia.

Bilateral occipital lobe damage

Bilateral occipital lobe damage

  • Cortical blindness with macular sparing

  • If there is widespread damage to the occipital lobes without sparing macular vision, cortical type of blindness occurs. The question is how can we differ such a blindness from a blindness as a result of a bilateral optic nerve disease; importance of light reflex



  • Prosopagnosia: Loss of ability to recognize familiar faces. Such a patient can recognize a familiar person by using mimics, emotional clues. The lesion is usually located in the periphery of occipital lobe bilaterally(not in the primary visual cortex).

  • Visual agnosia: loss of ability to recognise visual stimuli; may describe all details of a picture but still can not understand the picture as a whole (lesions in the bilateral visual association areas).



  • Coordination of movement

  • Control of gait, posture (Balance )

  • Control of muscle tone (Motor control )

  • Cognitive functions

    • Attention

    • Emotions

    • Language

Features with regard to lobes




Midbrain is located above pons and below


Critical structures:

Edinger westphal nuclei

4 th nerve nuclei

Substantia nigra

Crus cerebri

Well known vascular syndromes

Well-known vascular syndromes

Weber’s syndrome

  • Ipsilateral 3rd nerve palsy

  • Contralateral hemiparesis

    Benedikt’s syndrome

  • İpsilateral tremor(nucleus ruber)

  • Cerebellar signs

  • 3rd nerve palsy

Cerebral localisation


  • Location: below midbrain, above medulla oblangata and in front of cerebellum

  • Spinothalamic tract

  • Corticospinal tract

  • Cerebellar peduncles

Pons important structures

Pons; important structures

  • mid-pons: The chief or pontine nucleus of the trigeminal nerve sensory nucleus (V)

  • mid-pons: the motor nucleus for the trigeminal nerve (V)

    lower down in the pons:

  • abducens nucleus (VI)

  • facial nerve nucleus (VII)

  • vestibulocochlear nuclei

Well known vascular and nonvascular syndromes

Well-known vascular and nonvascular syndromes

  • Millard-Gubler syndrome

  • Locked-in syndrome

  • Cerebello-pontine angle tumors

Crossed motor deficits

Crossed motor deficits

  • Ipsilateral 6th nerve palsy

  • Ipsilateral 7th nerve palsy

  • Contralateral hemiparesis

Locked in syndrome

Locked-in syndrome

  • Occlusion of basilary artery may cause this syndrome. The signs consist of quadriplegia and the inability to speak in otherwise cognitively intact individuals. Consciousness is preserved.Those with locked-in syndrome may be able to communicate with others through coded messages by blinking or moving their eyes, which are not affected.

Cerebello pontine angle tumours

Cerebello-pontine angle tumours

  • This is usually a schwannoma of 8 th nerve.

  • One sided sensorineural hearing loss may last many years before diagnosis.

    Additional features may be;

  • 5th nerve (loss of cornea reflex) palsy

  • 6, 7th nerve palsies

  • Cerebellar features

Medulla oblangata

Medulla oblangata

  • It is the lower half of brain stem below pons.

  • Corticospinal tract and the decussation

  • Spinothalamic pathway and the leminiscus

  • Cerebellar peduncles (inferior)

  • 9,10,11,12 cranial nerves and the nuclei

  • Autonomic fibers

Wallenberg syndrome lateral medullary syndrome

Wallenberg syndrome (lateral medullary syndrome)

  • A vascular syndrome

  • Vertigo

  • Nausea, womiting

  • Ipsilateral cerebellar findings, ataxia

  • Difficulty in swallowing

  • Horner’s syndrome

  • Crossed sensory deficit (one sided facial, contralateral-sided body)

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