Aphasia, a language disorder

Written by: Dr. Daniel León González
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Aphasia known as loss of ability to produce or comprehend language because of a series of injuries in specialized areas of the brain. Because in the vast majority of people, specialized in verbal language areas are located in the left hemisphere, the symptoms of this disorder of language depend on the location and size of the lesion that affects the brain, while their causes can be very varied.

The stroke is the most common cause, although the head injuries, infections or brain tumors or dementia may also be the trigger for a possible development of aphasia. To combat it, it is suitable to undergo a speech therapy treatment.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

In the treatment of aphasia is also advisable treated by transcranial magnetic stimulation ( rTMS ). It is a safe technique if done well, with a very low risk of epileptic seizures during the stimulation.

With rTMS we can increase and inhibit the excitability of the cortex of the brain, because after a crisis, the balance between the two cerebral hemispheres is affected. Thus, and by low frequencies, we can inhibit the stimulation at high frequencies and thus increase the excitability. Seizing this window opens stimulation, introducing a speech therapy intensive, we can obtain more satisfactory results.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Daniel León González
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Leon Gonzáez is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is an expert in all pathologies related to the Pediatric Neurorehabilitation. He is currently the Coordinator of the Unit of Child Neurorehabilitation Guttmann Institute of Barcelona.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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