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Diseases » Aphasia » Summary
 

What is Aphasia?

What is Aphasia?

  • Aphasia: Language difficulty usually from brain damage or stroke.
  • Aphasia: loss of ability to communicate verbally, whether by speech or reading-writing, due to organic brain dysfunction.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Aphasia: inability to use or understand language (spoken or written) because of a brain lesion.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Aphasia: Introduction

Types of Aphasia:

Types of Aphasia:

  • Expressive aphasia - knowing what meaning to say but not being able to say it with words.
  • Receptive aphasia - difficulty understanding words (spoken or written)
  • Amnesia aphasia - (anomic aphasia) difficulty using the correct names for things
  • Global aphasia - almost total loss of verbal or written language ability
  • more types...»

Broader types of Aphasia:

How many people get Aphasia?

Prevalance of Aphasia: 1 million Americans (NINDS)
Prevalance Rate of Aphasia: approx 1 in 272 or 0.37% or 1 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Aphasia: It is estimated that about 1 million people in the United States today suffer from aphasia. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Aphasia Information Page: NINDS)

How serious is Aphasia?

Prognosis of Aphasia: The outcome of aphasia is difficult to predict given the wide range of variability of the condition. Generally, people who are younger or have less extensive brain damage fare better. The location of the injury is also important and is another clue to prognosis. In general, patients tend to recover skills in language comprehension more completely than those skills involving expression. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Aphasia Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Aphasia?

Causes of Aphasia: see causes of Aphasia

What are the symptoms of Aphasia?

Symptoms of Aphasia: see symptoms of Aphasia

Aphasia: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Aphasia.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Aphasia.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Aphasia: see treatments for Aphasia
Research for Aphasia: see research for Aphasia

Society issues for Aphasia


Hospitalization statistics for Aphasia: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Aphasia:

  • 0.0002% (22) of hospital consultant episodes were for acquired aphasia with epilepsy or landau-kleffner in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for acquired aphasia with epilepsy or landau-kleffner required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for acquired aphasia with epilepsy or landau-kleffner were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for acquired aphasia with epilepsy or landau-kleffner were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 32% of hospital consultant episodes for acquired aphasia with epilepsy or landau-kleffner required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for acquired aphasia with epilepsy or landau-kleffner in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for acquired aphasia with epilepsy or landau-kleffner in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Aphasia:

Organs and body systems related to Aphasia include:

Name and Aliases of Aphasia

Main name of condition: Aphasia

Other names or spellings for Aphasia:

Dysphasia Source - Diseases Database

Aphasia: Related Conditions

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