O Frontal Subcortical Aphasias

Language deficits can also result from lesions to frontal-subcortical brain regions. Lesions of the putamen and internal capsule will produce a nonfluent language disorder that at times resembles Broca's aphasia. In 1982, Margaret Naeser and her colleagues examined nine cases of subcortical aphasia with capsular/putaminal (C/P) lesions documented by computed tomographic scans. Patients with C/P lesion sites with anterior-superior white matter lesion extension had good comprehension, grammatical but slow dysarthric speech, and lasting right hemiplegia.

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