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Gerstmann Syndrome


Synonyms of Gerstmann Syndrome
  • Developmental Gerstmann Syndrome
  • Gerstmann Tetrad
  • GS

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Gerstmann syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that can occur as the result of a brain injury or as a developmental disorder. The syndrome is characterized by the loss or absence of four cognitive abilities- the loss of the ability to express thoughts in writing (agraphia, dysgraphia), to perform simple arithmetic problems (acalculia), to recognize or indicate one?s own or another?s fingers (finger agnosia), and to distinguish between the right and left sides of one?s body. Additional cognitive defects may occur in some cases.

    The disorder has not been found to run in families. In extremely rare cases, children who are bright and functioning intellectually at a high level may be affected by the disorder as well as those who suffer brain damage.

    Gerstmann syndrome is different from Gerstmann-Str?ussler-Scheinker syndrome, a rare genetic degenerative brain disorder.

    Organizations related to Gerstmann Syndrome
    • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
      10801 Rockville Pike
      Rockville MD 20852
      Phone #: 800-321-2742
      800 #: 800-321-2742
      e-mail: actioncenter@asha.org
      Home page: http://www.asha.org
    • Learning Disabilities Association of America
      4156 Library Road
      Pittsburgh PA 15234-1349
      Phone #: 412-341-1515
      800 #: 888-300-6710
      e-mail: info@ldaamerica.org
      Home page: http://www.ldaamerica.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • National Center for Learning Disabilities
      381 Park Avenue South
      New York NY 10016
      Phone #: 212-545-7510
      800 #: 888-575-7373
      e-mail: help@ncld.org
      Home page: http://www.ld.org
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/



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