Tumor-associated aphasia in left hemisphere primary brain tumors: The importance of age and tumor grade

L. D. Recht, K. McCarthy, B. F. O’donnell, R. Cohen, D. A. Drachman

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-50
Number of pages3
JournalNeurology
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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