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Aphasia affects a person’s ability to communicate. It affects the functions of language, such as speaking, understanding what others say, and name common objects. Learn the causes, types and some tips.
Aphasia (ah-FA-ze-ah) is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. “Aphasia” is a general term used to refer to deficits in language functions, such as speaking, understanding what others say, and name common objects.
Aphasia is most often caused by a stroke affecting the left side of the brain that controls speech and language center of the brain. (See figure.)
In a stroke, a clogged artery or burst in the brain disrupts blood flow. If the center of the speech and language of the brain is damaged, the result is aphasia. More extensive damage usually leads to vascular dementia.
Aphasia can also be caused by diseases such as frontotemporal dementia (FTD, for short). Aphasia is more pronounced in the type of FTD called primary progressive aphasia (PPA).
Aphasia does not affect intelligence. In cases where aphasia is not mixed with other symptoms, patients remain mentally alert, even though their speech may be jumbled, fragmented or impossible to understand. When caused by a stroke, aphasia can improve, or patients may continue to have:
progressive aphasia is a type of aphasia that progress and continue to worsen. Usually, it is caused by a disease called “frontotemporal dementia.” It can start in people and in their forties. One or more language skills may deteriorate. Symptoms usually start gradually progress slowly over a period of years. As the disease progresses, memory and attention may also be affected, patients can show changes in personality and behavior. Many, but not all, people with progressive aphasia eventually develop additional symptoms of dementia.
There are two subcategories of progressive aphasia.
Note that lose his ability to speak, but not understanding.
patients they have fewer behavioral symptoms and functional deficits in the early stages.
People with aphasia are often frustrated and confused because they can not speak or understand things like the way they did before their stroke. They may act differently because of changes in their brain.
Imagine looking at newspaper headlines in the morning and not be able to recognize words or trying to say “put the car in the garage” and leave “put the train in the house” or “Car Tee plissen ung widdle issuer. “Thousands of alert, intelligent men and women suddenly immersed in a world of confused communication due to aphasia.
There are several forms of aphasia. They include:
Take a few minutes to write your own questions for the next time you see your healthcare provider:
A person with aphasia and family members need the help and support of a physician, counselor and a speech pathologist. It is a good idea for family and friends to:
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