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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 211-224

Long Term Neuropsychological Follow-Up in Patients With Herpes Simplex Encephalitis and Predominantly Left-Sided Lesions

B. Laurent,1 R. F. Allegri,3 C. Thomas-Anterion,1 N. Foyatier,1 B. Naegele-Faure,2 and J. Pellat2

1Service de Neurologie, Hopital de Bellevue, St-Etienne, France
2Service Dejerine, Hopital de la Tronche, Grenoble, France
3Service of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation C.E.M.I.C., Buenos Aires, Argentina

Copyright © 1991 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Five patients with predominantly dominant cerebral hemisphere lesions due to herpes simplex encephalitis are described. Verbal amnesia was the main deficit but amnesic aphasia sometimes associated with impairment of remote memory also occurred. Semantic and episodic memory deficits were also explored in one case and the role of the right cerebral hemisphere in facilitating recovery of learning is discussed.