Gerstmann Syndrome

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Disorder Subdivisions

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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-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome, a rare genetic degenerative brain disorder.

Supporting Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
United States
Tel: (301)296-5700
Fax: (301)296-8580
Tel: (800)638-8255
Email: actioncenter@asha.org
Website: http://www.asha.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Learning Disabilities Association of America

4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349
Tel: (412)341-1515
Fax: (412)344-0224
Tel: (888)300-6710
Email: info@ldaamerica.org
Website: http://www.ldanatl.org

NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel: (301)496-5751
Fax: (301)402-2186
Tel: (800)352-9424
Website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

National Center for Learning Disabilities

381 Park Avenue South
1420 Suite
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212)545-7510
Fax: (212)545-9665
Tel: (888)575-7373
Email: ncld@ncld.org
Website: http://www.ncld.org/

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). For a full-text version of this report, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

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Last Updated:  3/27/2008
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