Constructional (or construction) apraxia results in an inability to manipulate physical stimuli to construct or build a design. Some patients with construction apraxia may have isolated difficulties with construction depending on the task, while others may be unsuccessful in all construction tasks (Lezak et al. 2012). Construction apraxia is one of the most common conditions resulting from a lesion to the parieto-temporo-occipital association cortex in either hemisphere (Benton and Tranel 1993). Indeed, the most common deficits seen in patients with lesions in the non-dominant hemisphere (usually the right) are those involving construction abilities and visual-spatial analysis (Blumenfeld 2002).
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