We report a 72-year-old right-handed man who showed an 'apraxia of tool use' after a cerebral infarct in the territory of the left middle cerebral artery. His apraxia of tool use was characterized by a clear dissociation between the inability to use a single tool and the ability to use plural tools. Most of the errors occurred in selecting an appropriate target where a tool is expected to be applied. Detailed examinations confirmed that his conceptual knowledge of tool use was well preserved. Furthermore, when a target of a tool was provided as a cue, he used a single tool correctly. These results suggest that his inability to use a single tool originated from his inability to evoke a target image from an actual tool. Copyright (C) 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel.
- Automatico-voluntary dissociation
- Ideational apraxia
- Ideomotor apraxia
- Tool use