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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 43-49
Case Report

‘Pure’ Constructional Apraxia—A Cognitive Analysis of a Single Case

Luigi Trojano1 and Dario Grossi2

1‘Salvatore Maugeri’ Foundation, IRCCS, Center of Telese, Telese (BN), Italy
2Second Chair of Neurology, School of Medicine, ‘Federico II’ University, Naples, Italy

Received 21 February 1997; Revised 19 February 1998

Copyright © 1998 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.


We report on a patient affected by selective drawing disabilities. The patient could correctly reproduce and draw simple geometric figures on request, but when he tried to reproduce more complex drawings or to draw common objects he performed very poorly. To identify the cognitive impairment in this patient, we adopted two test batteries based on recent information-processing models of drawing. Results showed that the patient’s drawing disabilities were independent of visuo-perceptual and executive impairments. These findings support recent cognitive models of drawing abilities: some intermediate stages of drawing exist at which information is processed to prepare and guide motor output, and which may be selectively disrupted after discrete cerebral lesions.