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Global aphasia due to left thalamic hemorrhage

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Author(s): Ozeren Ali | Koc Filiz | Demirkiran Meltem | Sonmezler Demirkiran | Kibar Mustafa

Journal: Neurology India
ISSN 0028-3886

Volume: 54;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 415;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Global aphasia | thalamic hemorrhage

ABSTRACT
Global aphasia is an acquired language disorder characterized by severe impairments in all modalities of language. The specific sites of injury commonly include Wernike′s and Broca′s areas and result from large strokes - particularly those involving the internal carotid or middle cerebral arteries. Rarely, deep subcortical lesions may cause global aphasia. We present three cases with global aphasia due to a more rare cause: left thalamic hemorrhage. Their common feature was the large size of the hemorrhage and its extension to the third ventricule. HMPAO-SPECT in one of the cases revealed ipsilateral subcortical, frontotemporal cortical and right frontal cortical hypoperfusion. Left thalamic hemorrhage should be considered in the differential diagnosis of global aphasia.

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