Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wernicke's Aphasia Overview

Another name for Wernicke's Aphasia is Aphasia.

What is aphasia?
A person with aphasia is unable to combine letters or words together, so that language is understandable. Aphasia may include difficulties with reading and writing. Aphasia is caused by damage to a specific area of the brain. There are three main forms of aphasia: Broca's aphasia, Wernicke's aphasia, and global aphasia.

What are the symptoms of aphasia?
Symptoms of aphasia depends on the type of aphasia that is present. Symptoms may include difficulty speaking and difficulty understanding written or spoken language.

How does the doctor treat aphasia?
The treatment for aphasia depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for aphasia may include speech therapy and language therapy.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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