The authors describe the case of a 35-year-old woman with a history of an addiction to cigarette smoking who presented with an intracerebral hemorrhage from a ruptured arteriovenous malformation. The patient reported an immediate and complete disruption of her addiction to cigarette smoking following her stroke. Structural MR imaging revealed a lesion of the posterior cingulate cortex. Neuropsychological tests showed intact cognitive functioning. This observation suggests that the posterior cingulate cortex may play a role in the addiction to cigarette smoking.
Abbreviation used in this paper: CGp = posterior cingulate cortex.
Address correspondence to: Béchir Jarraya, M.D., Ph.D., Functional Neurosurgery Unit, Henri-Mondor Hospital, 51 Avenue Mal Delattre-Tassigny, Creteil 94010, France or CEA, DSV/I2BM, Neurospin Imaging Center, Bât 145, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Please include this information when citing this paper: published online July 2, 2010; DOI: 10.3171/2010.6.JNS10346.