A review of cognitive outcome after unilateral lesions sustained during childhood

J Child Neurol. 1994 Oct;9 Suppl 2:67-73.


Views on human brain organization early in development have swung back and forth between the extreme notions of complete equipotentiality and adult-like specialization. Recent research on the cognitive effects of early brain damage supports an intermediate position and suggests that many claims on the older literature must be re-examined in the light of new evidence that cognitive impairments are sometimes attributable to previously ignored factors, such as a history of seizures, time since injury, and unsuspected lesions that are now detectable with neuroimaging techniques.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / etiology
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology
  • Cognition Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology*
  • Epilepsy / etiology
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors