Visual-perceptual impairment in children with periventricular leukomalacia

Elisa Fazzi, Stefania Maria Bova, Carla Uggetti, Sabrina Giovanna Signorini, Paolo Emilio Bianchi, Ilaria Maraucci, Marina Zoppello, Giovanni Lanzi

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We set out to define visuo-perceptual impairment related to periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) using the Developmental Test of Visual Perception (DTVP). Correlations were sought between visual-perceptual deficits and DTVP profile and neuroradiological and neurophthalmological findings. The DTVP was administered to 20 children (m/f: 10/10), aged between 5 and 8 years (mean: 6.95 years), presenting with: spastic diplegia; PVL documented by brain MRI; normal or mildly impaired visual acuity; mild-moderate upper limb functional impairment. The mean General Visual-Perceptual Quotient was impaired, showing a great variability among the patients. Despite this, an uneven DTPV profile, characterised by a significant difference between the VMIQ and the Non-Motor Visual-Perceptual Quotient (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-512
Number of pages7
JournalBrain and Development
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • Periventricular leukomalacia
  • Spastic diplegia
  • Visual-perceptual impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology


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