What is the treatment of Gerstmanns Syndrome?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 24, 2014

Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

Quick Bites

  • It occurs due to the damage at the left parietal lobe.
  • It can also occur due to a stroke or damage to the parietal lobe.
  • It is known as developmental Gerstmann’s syndrome in children.
  • There is no cure for Gerstmann's syndrome.

Gerstmann’s syndrome is a cognitive impairment that arises due to the damage at the left parietal lobe in the region of the angular gyrus of the brain. A stroke or any kind of damage to the parietal lobe can lead to this syndrome.

brain disorder


The primary symptoms that help in characterizing this syndrome include writing disability, lack of understanding of the rules for calculation or arithmetic, inability to distinguish between right from left and an inability to identify the fingers. Apart from these symptoms, some adults may even experience aphasia, in which the person is not able to speak, read or write.

It is known as developmental Gerstmann’s syndrome in children. Although the cause of the syndrome is not known, in most cases it is identified when the children reach school age and they face difficulties in writing and doing math exercises.

Children with this disorder generally exhibit poor handwriting and spelling skills and understanding math functions. Another apparent symptom is the inability to differentiate right from left.  The common symptoms that children have are suffering from constructional apraxia, an inability to copy simple drawings. Besides, there is also impairment in reading and writing. Children with a high level of intellectual functioning as well as those with brain damage may be affected with the disorder.



There is no cure for Gerstmann's syndrome. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive. Occupational and speech therapies may help diminish the dysgraphia and apraxia. In addition, calculators and word processors may help school children cope with the symptoms of the disorder. A promosing work has been done to improve the finger gnosis through training exercises that help to improve the mathematical skills of the young children.


Image Courtesy : Getty

Read more articles on Gerstmanns Syndrome Treatment

Write a Review
Is it Helpful Article?YES10592 Views 0 Comment
Post a Comment

Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.

  • All
  • Article
  • Slideshow
  • Video
  • QnA

    Medical Miracle

    India’s pregnant man?India’s pregnant man?