Semantic amnesia without dementia: Documentation of a case

M. L. Rusconi, S. Zago, A. Basso

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We described the case of a patient affected by a progressive semantic memory disorder associated with prevalent temporal lobe atrophy. This deficit seems to be "pure" in the sense that it has not been found to overlap with other cognitive deficits (intellectual, linguistic, perceptual, visuo-spatial etc.) for a long time. Furthermore, despite his impaired semantic knowledge, the autobiographical memory of the patient was largely intact. This case therefore represents a form of "semantic amnesia" without dementia, and supports the hypothesis that there is a partial distinction between "semantic" and "episodic" memory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Episodic memory
  • Semantic amnesia
  • semantic memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology


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