Brain Neurorehabil.  2017 Sep;10(2):e15. 10.12786/bn.2017.10.e15.

Current Evidence for Post Stroke Aphasia Treatment

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Korea University Guro Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. snamyang@korea.ac.kr

Abstract

Aphasia is a major devastating symptom in stroke survivors that deteriorates patient quality of life. Various treatment methods are applied for aphasia patients after stroke. Evidence is required to assess the effectiveness of variable therapy for aphasia. Results of a meta-analysis have concluded that speech and language treatment is effective post stroke. Better outcomes are expected with high dose and high intensity speech and language therapy within tolerable ranges. Computerized and group treatments can supplement classic one to one speech and language therapy. Pharmacotherapy and non-invasive brain stimulation combined with speech and language therapy have been well-studied and better outcomes are expected, however testing in a large number of subjects is required to validate the efficacy of these combined modalities.

Keyword

Aphasia; Speech Therapy; Drug Therapy; Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation; Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
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