Aphasia: Top 5 Symptoms

Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 12:43 PM

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Aphasia is a disease which occurs due to damage in parts of the brain that are responsible for language and speech functions. Aphasia may occur as a result of a head injury or stroke. It can even occur without any obvious injury. It may be caused by an infection, brain tumor, or due to dementia.

Aphasia symptoms are associated with the impairment of language expression, understanding, and reading and writing. The syndrome may also present itself in combination with other diseases. Usually, the aphasia patient will speak in short or incomplete sentences, or say things that do not make sense. They may even make up new words and not be able to understand another person’s language or conversation. A person with aphasia can sometimes write but may not be able to speak and vice versa.
 
Here are the top 5 aphasia symptoms:
  • Jumbled speech
  • Difficulty in expressing oneself
  • Difficulty in speaking, reading, and writing
  • Inability to form correct sentences
  • Problems in understanding speech
Primary progressive aphasia symptoms usually include difficulty in naming objects and making major spelling mistakes. The patient will pause while speaking to find the right words. Symptoms may vary from patient to patient with their intensity varying in different situations.
 
Patients with anomic or nominal aphasia will suffer from partial loss of ability to speak and read. This usually occurs in patients who have had a stroke or injury to the brain and results in difficulty naming objects.
 
Aphasia treatment is important for the patient whose ability to speak has been affected after a stroke. Several kinds of aphasia treatments exist for different types of aphasia, but only a few of them have been studied in depth to provide efficacy. This limits the methods of aphasia treatment to theoretical boundaries as practical and clinical proof is still awaited.

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