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Book chapter

‘A moderate global aphasia’: the pattern of language deficits in acute post-surgical tumor patients.

P. 66-68.
Dragoy O., Stupina E., Zyryanov A., Chernova M. A., Gordeyeva E, Gronskaya N. E., Gunenko G., Chernov S., Kopachev D., Medyanik I., Pedyash N., Pronin I., Sitnikov A., Yashin K., Zuev A.

Prior to a neurosurgical resection, most patients with tumors in the left hemisphere of the brain

show normal or close to normal language abilities. After the surgery, however, many patients

present with significant language decline, which often resolves over several months (Duffau et

al. 2003). Previous studies reported different rates of aphasia in the acute post-operative phase,

ranging from 17% to 100% (Papagno et al. 2012). Critically, the mechanisms of postsurgical

language deficits are not understood, the main question being if they follow a traditional syn-

dromatic pattern of a common post-stroke aphasia. Most studies that attempted to analyze

postsurgical language outcomes used incomprehensive language testing (Davies et al. 2005); in

others, subjective scoring of tests was used (Wilson et al. 2015). We used the comprehensive

and objectively rated Russian Aphasia Test (Ivanova et al. 2016) to examine the pattern of

language deficits in the acute phase in patients who underwent a tumor resection in the left

hemisphere and compared it to performance of individuals with post-stroke aphasia on the

same test.

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Iss. 24. University of Groningen Press, 2019.