Aphasia

Below you will find more information about Aphasia from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Aphasia it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Aphasia and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Aphasia comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from damage to segments of the brain that are responsible for language; usually on the left brain hemisphere. It often occurs all of a sudden usually as a result of stroke or head injury. In some cases, it progresses gradually. In both cases, the result is remarkable impairment in writing, reading, expression and language understanding

Diagnosis

Neurologist will perform tests that oblige the person to follow commands, name objects, answer question and communicate. The person is referred to a speech-language pathologist, who will then carry out a thorough examination to determine the person's ability to speak, write, read, and understand.

Treatment

Speech-language therapy can be effective when carried out in the early stages. Aphasia therapy is aimed at improving the individual's ability to communicate by using remaining abilities and in re-establishing language the best way possible.

Symptoms and Signs

Impaired ability to use language includes difficulty to express one's self. The individual usually uses long sentences that do not make sense, uses gestures instead of words. They find it difficult to find words to say what they really mean to say. For example, instead of saying "chair" will say "where I sit".

Causes

The cause of aphasia is damage to several language areas of the brain, which can be the result of different conditions such as stroke, trauma or serious blows to the head, infections in the brain, tumors located in the brain and other conditions that may cause injury to the brain.

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