Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wernicke's Aphasia Underlying Cause

The human ability to form sentences, speak, and understand the spoken word is controlled by a specific location within the brain. In most people who are right handed, speech and language are controlled in the left hemisphere of the brain. Those who are left-handed have their speech centers in the right hemisphere.

Any condition that damages the language centers of the brain can cause aphasia.

Causes of aphasia include:

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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