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Gerstmann's Syndrome

What is Gerstmann's Syndrome?

Gerstmann's syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by four primary symptoms: a writing disability, a lack of understanding of the rules for calculation or arithmetic , an inability to distinguish right from left, and an inability to identify fingers.

Individuals with Gerstmann's syndrome may also have difficulty expressing oneself when speaking, in understanding speech, or in reading and writing. Children with Gerstmann's syndrome may not be able to copy simple drawings.

Gerstmann's Syndrome is named after Josef Gerstmann, 1887-1969, an Austrian neurologist.

***Gerstmann's Syndrome should not be confused with Gerstmann-Sträussler syndrome or Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome.

What Causes Gerstmann's Syndrome?

In adults, the Gerstmann's syndrome may occur after a stroke or when the brain's parietal lobe is damaged.

How Serious is Gerstmann's Syndrome?

In adults, many of the symptoms associated with Gerstmann's Syndrome will diminish over time. In children, the symptoms may not diminish over time.

Can Gerstmann's Syndrome be Treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Gerstmann's Syndrome. Treatments are aimed at reducing the severity of the symptoms. Occupational and speech therapies may help diminish the speech difficulties.

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