Influence of age, sex, literacy and pathologic lesion on incidence, severity and type of aphasia

Gabriele Miceli*, Carlo Caltagirone, Guido Gainotti, Carlo Masullo, Maria Caterina Silveri, Giampiero Villa

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Abstract

The influence of sex, age, educational level and pathologic lesion on incidence, severity and clinical form of aphasia was investigated in 390 right‐handed, left brain‐damaged patients. Sex and educational level were not related to any parameter. Etiology of lesion and age were related to both incidence and type of aphasia. Incidence of aphasia increased with age and was higher in patients with cerebrovascular accidents than in subjects with other types of brain lesions. Non‐fluent forms of aphasia were more frequent in young patients suffering from acute cerebrovascular accidents, whereas anomia prevailed in neoplastic subjects and Wernicke's aphasia increased regularly in frequency with age. Some tentative explanations of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-382
Number of pages13
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Volume64
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aphasia
  • influence of age
  • literacy
  • pathologic lesion
  • sex

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