Dissociation between personal and extrapersonal neglect in a crossed aphasia study

Paola Marangolo, Laura Piccardi, Maria Cristina Rinaldi

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Several reports document crossed aphasia following a right cerebral infarct. However, few of them provide a detailed investigation of associated neuropsychological disorders. A personal neglect disorder with no difficulty in orienting attention in the contralesional space has not been frequently reported independently of lesion side for the language deficit. In most cases, the deficit is described in the acute period. We report the case of a patient who showed severe crossed aphasia several months after cerebral damage. In addition to his language deficit, he suffered from finger agnosia, acalculia, and right/left confusion. Although he was able to orient attention in the contralesional space, he had a persistent personal neglect disorder with severe difficulty in attending to his own body. Results suggest that right hemisphere language dominance does not preclude ipsilateral specialisation for other functions. Furthermore, the dissociation between the two spatial functions provides further confirmation that they are subserved by two independent systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-420
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003


  • Crossed aphasia
  • Personal neglect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)


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