Aphasia is a symptom of an underlying problem. It may cause:
- Speaking in short, broken phrases
- Putting words in the wrong order
- Using incorrect grammar
- Switching sounds or words
- Speaking in words that do not have meaning and do not make sense
- Problems finding the names for everyday words
Problems understanding speech:
- Needing extra time to process language
- Problems following very fast speech
- Taking the literal meaning of a figure of speech
- Problems reading
- Problems writing
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. Speech language, and communication tests may be done. This is often enough to make the diagnosis. You may also need to see a doctor who treats the nervous system.
Other tests may be done to find the cause of the aphasia.
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