Amblyopic dyslexia: A little investigated reading disorder

Francesco Barban, Gian Daniele Zannino, Valerio Santangelo, Emiliano Macaluso, Laura Serra, Carlo Caltagirone, Giovanni A. Carlesimo

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We present a case of a little investigated reading disorder we call 'amblyopic dyslexia'. The reading impairment in this patient resulted from a left extrastriate and white matter lesion causing a scotomatic area of partial deficit within the right visual field. The visual deficit was consistent with cerebral amblyopia, that is, reduced form, colour, and light sensitivity without a complete loss of vision. The patient's reading deficit was characterized by accurate single letter naming and almost accurate but effortful single word reading, with no letter-by-letter strategy. The criteria for distinguishing amblyopic dyslexia from other reading disorders and the most appropriate treatment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-407
Number of pages11
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Cerebral amblyopia
  • Dyslexia
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Visual field defect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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