Although one-quarter of patients with primary brain tumors have language disturbances at the time of initial presentation, the factors contributing to their aphasia are not clear. A group of 32 patienta with primary tumors of the left hemisphere was collected retrospectively and the relationship between clinical, radiographic, and pathologic factors and tumor-associated aphasia was examined. We assessed language function before beginning any treatment including steroids. The factor that best predicted language disturbance was greater patient age; the only other significant factor was tumor grade. Tumor size made a nearly significant impact, but tumor location within the left hemisphere did not correlate with aphasia.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology