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Speech suppression without aphasia after bilateral perisylvian softenings (bilateral rolandic operculum damage)

  • Villa G. 
  • Caltagirone C. 
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Abstract

The authors describe a patient who suffered two successive, right and left, strokes that caused bilateral rolandic operculum damage. The clinical picture was characterized by selective impairment of volitional facio-pharyngo-glosso-masticatory movements with sparing of automatic and reflex motor activity (Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome). Though completely speechless, the patient was not aphasic. This dissociation is discussed in the light of the peculiar localization of lesions evidenced by CT-scan.

Key-words

Bilateral rolandic operculum softenings Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome speech suppression without aphasia CT-scan 

Sommario

Viene descritta una paziente portatrice di due lesioni ischemiche coinvolgenti l'opercolo rolandico in entrambi gli emisferi. Il quadro clinico era caratterizzato da una compromissione selettiva dei movimenti volontari (con integrità di quelli automatici e riflessi) bilateralmente a livello facio-faringo-glosso-masticatorio (sindrome di Foix-Chavany-Marie). La paziente, del tutto incapace di articolazione e fonazione, non risultava afasica ad una valutazione neuropsicologica.

Questa dissociazione viene discussa in riferimento alla particolare localizzazione delle lesioni alla T.A.C. cerebrale.

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© Masson Italia Periodici S.r.l. 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Villa G. 
    • 1
  • Caltagirone C. 
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinica NeurologicaUniversità Cattolica del S. Cuore di RomaItalia

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