Proper name anomia after left temporal subcortical hemorrhage

Yuji Otsuka, Kyoko Szuki, Toshikatsu Fujii, Rina Miura, Keiko Endo, Hisatake Kondo, Atsushi Yamadori

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We report here a patient with proper name anomia following subcortical hemorrhage in the left superior temporal gyrus. Despite the preserved ability to retrieve common names, the patient could not retrieve the names of people, countries, or racehorses, which he could recognize quite well. Semantic knowledge regarding people, countries, and racehorses was also preserved. In addition, the finding that phonological cueing was effective with preservation of the ability to point to photos corresponding to their names suggested that the lexicon of proper names was preserved in this patient. Thus, the output lexicon appeared to be partially disconnected from semantic knowledge. This rare and limited lesion suggested that the superior temporal gyrus plays an important role in connecting semantic knowledge and the output lexicon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Left superior temporal gyrus
  • Left temporal lobe
  • Proper name anomia
  • Subcortical hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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