Body Part as Object

Body Part as Object

In this phenomenon, apraxic patients use a body part when asked to pantomime certain actions, such as using the palm when asked to demonstrate the use of a hair brush or comb, or fingers when asked to demonstrate use of scissors or a toothbrush.



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Kato M, Meguro K, Sato M et al. Ideomotor apraxia in patients with Alzheimer’s disease: why do they use their body parts as objects? Neuro-psychiatry Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology 2001; 14: 45-52


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