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Anton-Babinski syndrome

Alternative eponyms

  • Anton's syndrome

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A condition characterised by denial of blindness with resort to confabulation by blind person.

Description

A condition characterised by a peculiar delusion of reality in which the blind person denies or lacks conscience of his own condition. Despite the presence of complete blindness, there is persistent confabulation and denial by the patient that there is any loss of visual perception. Seen in patients with cortical blindness caused by damage to the occipital lobe. Occurs mostly after apoplexy. Some patients have a general dementia.

Bibliography

  • G. Anton:
    Über die Selbstwahrnehmung der Herderkrankungen des Gehirns durch den Kranken bei Rindenblindheit und Rindentaubheit.
    Archiv für Psychiatrie und Nervenkrankheiten, Berlin, 1899, 32: 86-127.

  • J. Babinski:
    Contribution a l’étude des troubles mentaux dans l’hémiplégie organique (anosognosie). Revue Neurologique, 1914, 27: 845-848. Anosognosie. Revue Neurologique, 1918, 31: 365-367. Un nouveau cas d’anosognosie. Revue Neurologique, 1924, 40: 638-640.
We thank Edwin Glassner for information submitted.

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