Paroxysmal speech disorder following left frontal brain damage

  • Nagafuchi M
  • Aoki Y
  • Nizuma H
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Abstract

The patient was a 61-year-old female who suffered from the sudden attack of a speech disorder. The episodes of speech disorder lasted for less than 1 min, but occurred several times a day, paroxysmally. A CT revealed a low density area on the surface of the left frontal lobe and an EEG showed an abnormal wave at the frontoparietal area, more dominantly on the left. This condition was diagnosed as a kind of epilepsy. The paroxysmal speech disorder occurred very often during the 2 months after the first episode. However, with therapy using anticonvulsives and antibiotics, the condition began to improve after 4 months and disappeared completely after 6 months. It is assumed that the inflammatory change which occurred at the frontal lobe stimulated the supplementary motor area paroxysmally, and subsequently the speech disorder occurred as a kind of epilepsy. © 1991.

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Authors

  • Masaaki Nagafuchi

  • Yasunori Aoki

  • Hiroshi Nizuma

  • Naoshi Okita

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