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Post-stroke pure apraxia of speech – A rare experience

Katarzyna Ewa Polanowska1, Iwona Pietrzyk-Krawczyk1
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2016.08.005
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(6):497-503.


Apraxia of speech (AOS) is a motor speech disorder, most typically caused by stroke, which in its “pure” form (without other speech-language deficits) is very rare in clinical practice. Because some observable characteristics of AOS overlap with more common verbal communication neurologic syndromes (i.e. aphasia, dysarthria) distinguishing them may be difficult. The present study describes AOS in a 49-year-old right-handed male after left-hemispheric stroke. Analysis of his articulatory and prosodic abnormalities in the context of intact communicative abilities as well as description of symptoms dynamics over time provides valuable information for clinical diagnosis of this specific disorder and prognosis for its recovery. This in turn is the basis for the selection of appropriate rehabilitative interventions.

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