Although phonemic paraphasias are common in aphasic disorders, including Broca's aphasia, conduction aphasia and transcortical motor aphasia, selective phonemic speech production impairment, or phonemic disintegration, is unusual. A patient with a selective phonemic speech production disorder underwent clinical, neuropsychological and structural neuroradiological assessment over a period of 6 years. The disorder was characterised by phonemic paraphasias (phonemic disintegration) with preserved comprehension and naming. Imaging showed a focal lesion in the white matter of the left precentral gyrus and, to a lesser extent, the posterior part of the left middle frontal gyrus, with overlying cortical atrophy. Biopsy of the lesion, after several years of observation, showed a calcified haemangioma. Clinical-anatomical correlation in this case suggests the importance of primary motor cortex of the inferior precentral (pre-Rolandic) gyrus and subjacent white matter in phoneme production, with sparing of the posterior inferior frontal gyrus (Broca's area).
|Numero di pagine||7|
|Rivista||Journal of the Neurological Sciences|
|Volume||219 Apr (1-2)|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2004|
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