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Pure global acalculia following a left subangular lesion.
Case Reports Journal Article Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't --- Old month value: Aug
We describe the case of a right-handed patient who presented a severe acalculia in the context of a pure Gerstmann syndrome following a subangular lesion that spared the left inferior parietal lobule (IPL). The patient showed impairments in Arabic and verbal codes, in number production and comprehension, as well as in numerical facts and problem solving. By using the EC301 calculation battery, semantic and syntactic tasks in Arabic and verbal codes, we tested the different hypotheses raised by the cognitive neuropsychological models of acalculia. The patients' difficulties, which were not associated with a general intellectual deterioration, and those affecting number processing as a particular semantic class, were indicative of a "global acalculia". This deficit, which exceeded the anarithmetia usually described in Gerstmann syndrome following left IPL lesion, suggested that the isolation of this area may constitute a sufficient condition for producing such a global acalculia. These results are discussed in terms of a disorder in the manipulation of mental images of spatially related objects.
Brain, Cognition Disorders, Functional Laterality, Gerstmann Syndrome, Humans, Imagination, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Mathematics, Mental Processes, Middle Aged, Semantics, Stroke
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