Neurological Sciences

, Volume 39, Issue 12, pp 2203–2206 | Cite as

Getting the high school diploma with only one hemisphere: a case report

  • Nicola GirtlerEmail author
  • Matteo Grazzini
  • Federico Massa
  • Riccardo Meli
  • Dario Arnaldi
Letter to the Editor

Dear editor,

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading source of childhood injury. The extent to which children’s brain is able to adapt and recover after brain injury is still debated. Previous literature argued that the adaptability of the young brain makes it well supplied to recover after a brain injury [1]. Another view suggests that the high brain plasticity among infants may represent a vulnerability factor for effective recovery after brain injury [2].

The present case study describes a patient with severe head trauma at 2 days of age resulting by a fall from nun’s arms.

The patient (BM) is a right-handed obese (body mass index = 32) 60-year-old man, with 13 years of education. Clinical history reflected some difficulties in psychosocial developing; however, BM succeeded in graduating at high school and since then he has been working as a bank clerk. He never married and has been living at home with his very old father. He is autonomous in activities of daily living (ADL)...


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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from the patient participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurology Clinics, Department of Neuroscience (DINOGMI)University of Genoa and Polyclinic San Martino HospitalGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Clinical Psychology and PsychotherapyPolyclinic San Martino HospitalGenoaItaly

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