Aphasia typically refers to difficulty communicating, whether it’s comprehending what someone is saying, or speaking without making sense to the recipient. It’s commonly associated with a stroke, as some patients experience the problem after a medical episode.
However, stroke isn’t the only cause of aphasia – it could also point to a developing brain tumor, according to The Mayo Clinic. Trauma to the head could also be the culprit. Other times, aphasia can be temporary and associated with a migraine headache or seizure, adds the source. Let’s look at seven symptoms of aphasia…
1. Leaving Out Words
There is more than one classification of aphasia, one of them being Broca aphasia, also known as nonfluent aphasia, according to the Mayo Clinic. In this form of the condition, there’s “damage to the language network near the left frontal area of the brain,” explains the source.
The result is that the patient will have trouble getting words out or speak in short sentences and sometimes omit key words. However, the clinic notes that usually the recipient can still tell what is being said or asked. Those with this type of aphasia can usually comprehend better than they can communicate, which is a source of frustration, it adds.