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Dysphasia

Impairment of verbal communication skills, often resulting from brain damage

Symptoms of Dysphasia

The following features are indicative of Dysphasia:
  • inability to comprehend language
  • inability to pronounce
  • inability to speak spontaneously
  • inability to form words
  • inability to name objects
  • poor pronunciation
  • excessive creation and use of personal neologisms
  • inability to repeat a phrase
  • persistent repetition of one syllable, word, or phrase
  • paraphasia
  • agrammatism
  • dysprosody
  • incomplete sentences
  • inability to read
  • inability to write
  • limited verbal output
  • difficulty in naming
  • speech disorder
  • speaking gibberish
  • inability to follow
It is possible that Dysphasia shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Dysphasia

The following are the most common causes of Dysphasia:
  • brain tumors
  • traumatic brain injury
  • progressive neurological disorders
  • herpes viral encephalitis
  • dementia

Risk Factors for Dysphasia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Dysphasia:
  • obesity
  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • high blood pressure

Prevention of Dysphasia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Dysphasia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • exercise daily
  • take healthy diet
  • low alcohol consumption
  • control blood pressure

Occurrence of Dysphasia

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Dysphasia cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Not Known

Common Age Group

Dysphasia most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Dysphasia can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Dysphasia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Dysphasia:
  • MRI Scan or CT Scan: To confirm the presence of a brain injury and to identify its exact location

Doctor for Diagnosis of Dysphasia

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Dysphasia:
  • Neurologist

Complications of Dysphasia if untreated

Yes, Dysphasia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Dysphasia is left untreated:
  • difficult to communicate
  • depression
  • embarrassment
  • relationship problems

Procedures for Treatment of Dysphasia

The following procedures are used to treat Dysphasia:
  • Copy and recall therapy: To strengthen orthographic representations and improve single word reading, writing, and naming
  • Visual communication therapy: To represent various components of speech
  • Visual action therapy: To train the use of hand gestures for specific items
  • Functional communication treatment: To improve activities specific to functional tasks, social interaction and self-expression
  • Promoting aphasics communicative effectiveness: To communicate a given message to their therapists by means of drawing, making hand gestures or even pointing to an object
  • Melodic intonation therapy: To use the intact melodic/prosodic processing skills of the right hemisphere to help cure retrieval of words and expressive language

Self-care for Dysphasia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Dysphasia:
  • Coping and Support: Helps in giving the person sufficient time to express himself, take care of personnel needs, take sufficient rest and indulge into social activities

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Dysphasia

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Dysphasia:
  • Computer technology: To treat the condition

Patient Support for Treatment of Dysphasia

The following actions may help Dysphasia patients:
  • Motivation: Family members can motivate the aphasic person on a regular basis to overcome from aphasia

Time for Treatment of Dysphasia

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Dysphasia to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Dysphasia.

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