Posterior Cortical Atrophy

Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) is a neurodegenerative syndrome. PCA affects the back of the brain, which is the part that is responsible for processing visual information. Symptoms include difficulty with vision, difficulty using common items like a phone, inability to read or write and this will progress with the disease. PCA is most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

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