total aphasia


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glo·bal a·pha·si·a

in which all aspects of speech and communication are severely impaired. At best, patients can understand or speak only a few words or phrases; they can neither read nor write.

total aphasia

Global aphasia, complete aphasia Aphasia caused by lesions that destroy significant amounts of brain–eg, occlusion of middle cerebral or left internal carotid arteries, or tumors, hemorrhage, or other lesions Clinical Virtually complete impairment of speech and recognition thereof; afflicted Pts cannot read, write, or repeat what is said to them; although they may understand simple words or phrases, rapid fatigue and verbal and motor perseverence, they fail to carry out simple commands; TA of vascular origin is usually accompanied by right hemiplegia, hemianesthesia, homonymous hemianopia. See Aphasia, Motor aphasia.

glo·bal a·pha·si·a

(glō'băl ă-fā'zē-ă)
Disorder in which all aspects of speech and communication are severely impaired. At best, patients can understand or speak only a few words or phrases; they can neither read nor write.
Synonym(s): mixed aphasia, total aphasia.
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