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Vol 50, No 6 (2016)
Case reports
Submitted: 2016-04-09
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Post-stroke pure apraxia of speech – A rare experience

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

open access

Vol 50, No 6 (2016)
Case reports
Submitted: 2016-04-09

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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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Keywords

Apraxia of speech, Speech disorder, Stroke

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Title

Post-stroke pure apraxia of speech – A rare experience

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 50, No 6 (2016)

Pages

497-503

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2016.08.005

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2016;50(6):497-503.

Keywords

Apraxia of speech
Speech disorder
Stroke

Authors

Katarzyna Ewa Polanowska
Iwona Pietrzyk-Krawczyk

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