Bálint syndrome

Last revised by Dr Rohit Sharma on 25 Aug 2022

Bálint syndrome is characterized by:

  1. simultanagnosia (inability to perceive more than one object at a time)
  2. optic ataxia (poor visual-motor coordination)
  3. oculomotor apraxia (loss of voluntary but not reflex eye movements)

Pathology

It typically results from damage to the parieto-occipital regions, and has been associated with 1-3:

History and etymology

First described by Rezső Bálint (1874–1929), Hungarian neurologist-psychiatrist, in 1909 4.

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