Post graphemic impairments of writing: The case of micrographia

Gianfranco Denes, Matteo Signorini, Chiara Volpato

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Micrographia (MG), an acquired impairment of writing characterized by diminution of letter size, coupled with slowing and loss of accuracy, is most frequently observed in the course of degenerative disease of basal ganglia, such as Parkinson's Disease. Only a few cases of MG without concomitant extrapyramidal signs have been described, mostly following vascular lesion of the left basal ganglia. In this article we report an isolated pattern of MG following an extensive traumatic cerebral lesion centered in the left basal ganglia. The nature of this impairment is analyzed according to a cognitive model of writing and interpreted as a specific example of peripheral dysgraphia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-181
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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