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Aphasia After Stroke - Important Information About Aphasia After Stroke

Causes and Symptoms of Various Forms of Aphasia After Stroke


Updated May 26, 2009

Aphasia After Stroke - Important Information About Aphasia After Stroke

Language Areas in the Brain

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You have heard the term aphasia, but you still wonder what it is. Aphasia is a relatively common symptom that affects stroke survivors. And like many other stroke symptoms, its severity and characteristics are governed by the position of the stroke in the brain, as well as by the size of the area affected. Whether you are a patient, the caregiver or family member of one, or a budding health care provider, the following articles will have information about aphasia that is relevant for you.

Three Common Types of Aphasia

There are many ways a stroke can affect a person’s ability to speak. Symptoms are typically related to the specific area of the brain affected, as language function in the brain is localized inside highly specialized areas such as Broca’s, Wernicke’s, and other areas. Read on and learn the important facts about the three most common forms of aphasia, and about the strokes that cause them.

Three Not so Common Types of Aphasia

While in stroke, and other areas of life, it is true that common things are common, some stroke survivors are affected by the more rare forms of aphasia. Here we show you three forms of aphasia which are slightly different from the three described above. You will be surprised to learn that in spite of the serious functional deficits seen with these three forms of aphasia, some aspects of language you would never expect to be preserved actually are. Read on and learn about the so called “transcortical aphasias”.

Word Deafness

Most stroke symptoms come in different flavors. And language is no exception. Believe it or not, some people’s language ability after stroke can be seriously affected, not because they can’t form or understand words, but because they are selectively deaf for words! Read more about this rare symptom of stroke.

Telegraphic Speech

After a stroke some people have difficulty pronouncing words. But others have a problem that makes…. them… sound …as …..though…….. they……were….a……telegram! Learn about this interesting and challenging symptom of stroke.

Aphasia Treatment

After a person suffers a stroke that affects the language areas of the brain, she and her family often wonder: What now? Are there treatments available? Read on and learn where the science of aphasia rehabilitation has brought us.

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