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Types of Aphasia

Aphasia: Types list

The list of types of Aphasia mentioned in various sources includes:

  • 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

Types discussion:

Generally, aphasia can be divided into four broad categories: (1) Expressive aphasia involves difficulty in conveying thoughts through speech or writing. The patient knows what he wants to say, but cannot find the words he needs. (2) Receptive aphasia involves difficulty understanding spoken or written language. The patient hears the voice or sees the print but cannot make sense of the words. (3) Patients with anomic or amnesia aphasia , the least severe form of aphasia, have difficulty in using the correct names for particular objects, people, places, or events. (4) Global aphasia results from severe and extensive damage to the language areas of the brain. Patients lose almost all language function, both comprehension and expression. They cannot speak or understand speech, nor can they read or write. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Aphasia Information Page: NINDS)

Aphasia: Rare Types

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Aphasia: Related Disease Topics

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