Pure anomia with spared action naming due to a left temporal lesion

Antonio Miozzo, Maria Soardi, Stefano F. Cappa

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We report the case of a patient who, after surgical ablation of an angioma in the depth of the left temporal lobe, developed a highly selective impairment of naming. A detailed investigation allowed to exclude a disorder of visual recognition or of semantic memory, and indicated the output lexicon as the most probable site of impairment. Grammatical class effects, with superior action naming, and a high consistency within and across output modalities further characterized the patient's performance. Together with some other recently reported cases, this patient suggests a correlation between temporal lobe lesions outside Wernicke's area and output lexicon disorders. A relatively spared action naming seems to be a characteristic feature of this pattern of impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1101-1109
Number of pages9
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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