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Forty patients with very severe blunt head trauma (post-traumatic amnesia greater than or equal to 1 month) were initially examined at an average of 4.5 months after the injury. The patients were visited in their homes 2.5 years and 10-15 years after the accident and questionnaires were presented to patients, relatives and/or staff. Though physical(More)
In this study long-term observation of 12 patients with aphasia secondary to severe closed head trauma took place. The most frequent symptoms were amnestic aphasia and verbal paraphasia. Only one patient with a constant slow wave EEG focus in the dominant hemisphere had severe receptive symptoms. In all other patients the aphasia recovered rather well,(More)
A 44-year old man with very severe head trauma had pronounced global aphasia and dyslogia for months. He received intensive neuropsychological treatment during the first two posttraumatic years and gradual improvement occurred. Notwithstanding sensory aphasia and at least moderate dementia, the patient then got sheltered work in a library. At that time a(More)
Three elderly women with marked progressive voice tremor, without other neurological symptoms, and negative family histories were investigated. All had a 4-5 Hz respiratory tremor in expiration and, to a lesser degree, in inspiration; and all had vocal tremulousness synchronous with their respiratory irregularity. Articulation of phonemes was normal. In two(More)
The influence of age on very late outcome was examined in 40 patients who had received very severe blunt head trauma (post-traumatic amnesia greater than or equal to 1 month), and who were aged 15-44 years when injured. The patients were first seen on average 4.5 months after injury and then at two follow-up examinations in their homes 2.5 and 10-15 years(More)
In a follow-up study of 50 patients with severe head injuries three patients had echolalia. One patient with initially global aphasia had echolalia for some weeks when he started talking. Another patient with severe diffuse brain damage, dementia, and emotional regression had echolalia. The dysfunction was considered a detour performance. In the third(More)
The performances of two groups of patients, one aphasic and one non-aphasic, with severe head injuries, and a control group were compared on tests of: auditory-verbal memory span, rote learning, learning of unrelated words, concrete and abstract, and substance recall. The non-aphasics scored significantly lower than the controls in all tests but substance(More)
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