Wernickes Aphasia

Wernickes aphasia



Aphasias are conditions of the brain that impact a person’s communication abilities, particularly speech. Wernicke’s aphasia causes difficulty speaking in coherent sentences or understanding others’ speech. Wernicke’s aphasia is the most common type of fluent aphasia. It occurs when the left middle side of the brain becomes damaged or altered. This part of the brain is known as Wernicke’s area, named after Carl Wernicke, a neurologist. Wernicke’s area of the brain controls human language. It’s also near where we store our personal dictionaries. Someone with Wernicke’s aphasia may have difficulty processing the meaning of spoken words. Type of Wernicke's aphasia Anomic Aphasia Broca’s Aphasia Conduction Aphasia Global Aphasia Primary Progressive Aphasia Mixed Transcortical Aphasia Transcortical Motor Aphasia Transcortical Sensory Aphasia Causes Lesions or damage in the middle of the left side of the brain causes Wernicke’s aphasia. Stroke is one potential cause of this condition because it impairs blood flow to the brain. If blood does not reach Wernicke’s area of the brain, it can kill brain cells, resulting in this type of aphasia. Aphasia affects 25 to 40 percent of people who experience strokes. Other conditions that may affect this area of the brain include: head trauma tumors infections neurological disorders It’s also possible to have aphasia that comes and goes. This may be caused by migraines, seizures, or other medical conditions.

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