We describe a right-handed patient (M.B.), who developed left hemianopsia and a severe reading impairment after right occipital-parietal hemorrhage. The pattern of his reading deficit was very similar to that of pure alexia (alexia-without-agraphia): extremely slow reading times with frequent grapheme substitutions and omissions. A test of letter reading while controlling for saccadic eye movements and hemifield of presentation ruled out hemianoptic alexia. Although there have already been reports of reading impairments in right handers following right- hemispheric lesions, ours is, to the best of our knowledge, the first where visual field loss can be definitely excluded as the main cause. Based on a standard neuropsychological assessment and on additional behavioral tests, we argue that M.B.'s difficulties are unlikely to be due to right-hemisphere dominance for language. After considering several candidate explanations, we suggest that M.B.'s symptoms may be related to an impairment in attentional processes related to reading. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Impaired reading not due to visual field loss in a patient with a right-hemipsheric lesion / Basagni, Benedetta; Patane', Ivan; Ferrari, Vera; Bruno, Nicola. - In: NEUROCASE. - ISSN 1355-4794. - 20:5(2014), pp. 510-523. [10.1080/13554794.2013.826684]

Impaired reading not due to visual field loss in a patient with a right-hemipsheric lesion

PATANE', IVAN;FERRARI, VERA;BRUNO, Nicola
2014

Abstract

We describe a right-handed patient (M.B.), who developed left hemianopsia and a severe reading impairment after right occipital-parietal hemorrhage. The pattern of his reading deficit was very similar to that of pure alexia (alexia-without-agraphia): extremely slow reading times with frequent grapheme substitutions and omissions. A test of letter reading while controlling for saccadic eye movements and hemifield of presentation ruled out hemianoptic alexia. Although there have already been reports of reading impairments in right handers following right- hemispheric lesions, ours is, to the best of our knowledge, the first where visual field loss can be definitely excluded as the main cause. Based on a standard neuropsychological assessment and on additional behavioral tests, we argue that M.B.'s difficulties are unlikely to be due to right-hemisphere dominance for language. After considering several candidate explanations, we suggest that M.B.'s symptoms may be related to an impairment in attentional processes related to reading. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Impaired reading not due to visual field loss in a patient with a right-hemipsheric lesion / Basagni, Benedetta; Patane', Ivan; Ferrari, Vera; Bruno, Nicola. - In: NEUROCASE. - ISSN 1355-4794. - 20:5(2014), pp. 510-523. [10.1080/13554794.2013.826684]
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