REGRESSIVE LANGUAGE IN SEVERE HEAD INJURY

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Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark.

ABSTRACT

In a follow-up study of 50 patients with severe head injuries three patients had echolalia. One patient with initially global aphasia had echolalia for some weeks when he started talking. Another patient with severe diffuse brain damage, dementia, and emotional regression had echolalia. the dysfunction was considered a detour performance. In the third patient echolalia and palilalia were details in a total pattern of regression lasting for months. the patient, who had extensive frontal atrophy secondary to a very severe head trauma, presented an extreme state of regression returning to a foetal-body pattern and behaving like a baby.

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