COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCEAlexia for Braille following bilateral occipital stroke in an early blind womanHamilton, Roy1; Keenan, Julian Paul1; Catala, Maria2; Pascual-Leone, Alvaro1,3,4Author Information 1Laboratory for Magnetic Brain Stimulation, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 01778, USA 2Departamento de Fisiologia, Universidad de Valencia 3Instituto de Bioingenieria, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Alicante, Spain 4Corresponding Author: Alvaro Pascual-Leone Received 6 October 1999; accepted 7 November 1999 Acknowledgements: Supported in part by grants from the Spanish Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia (DGICYT), the Milton Fund, the National Eye Institute (ROIEY12091), the Spanish Organization for the Blind, and National Medical Fellowships, Inc. NeuroReport: February 7, 2000 - Volume 11 - Issue 2 - p 237-240 Buy Abstract Recent functional imaging and neurophysiologic studies indicate that the occipital cortex may play a role in Braille reading in congenitally and early blind subjects. We report on a woman blind from birth who sustained bilateral occipital damage following an ischemic stroke. Prior to the stroke, the patient was a proficient Braille reader. Following the stroke, she was no longer able to read Braille yet her somatosensory perception appeared otherwise to be unchanged. This case supports the emerging evidence for the recruitment of striate and prestriate cortex for Braille reading in early blind subjects. © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.