Clinical Neuroscience

[Painful asymbolia]


MAY 01, 1969

Clinical Neuroscience - 1969;22(05)

[Our 13-year-old right-handed patient presented with the following symptoms after a left centroparietal regio lesion: right homonymous inferior quadrans hemianopia; right hemiparesis; right hemihypaesthesia and hemihypalgesia (needle prick was marked as sharp all over the body); amnestic aphasia; acalculia, alexia; constructive apraxia; painful (danger) asymbolia. In the face of painful stimuli, his vegetative reactions were preserved, his motor reactions were virtually absent, his behavioural responses were pale, his psychic reactions and experience were paradoxically ambivalent: the latter may be taken as the dominant symptom of pain asymbolia. Nor did the patient fully grasp the danger of the situation. The pain asymbolia appears to be a specific disorder of categorical behaviour; it is a local sign, indicating damage to the dominant parietal lobe.]


  1. Országos Reuma Fürdőügyi Intézet Rehabilitációs Idegosztály



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