Speech-language-hearing therapy for aphasia: The importance of long-term therapy Mutsuko Sato 1 Keyword: 失語症 , 脳梗塞 , 変性疾患 , 原発性進行性失語 , 長期的訓練 , aphasia , cerebral infarction , degenerative disease , primary progressive aphasia , long-term therapy pp.26-32
Published Date 2015/3/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.6001200026
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 The purpose of speech-language-hearing therapy (hereafter speech therapy) for aphasic patients is essentially to improve symptoms. Usually aphasia resulting from cerebrovascular diseases is expected to improve with speech therapy. However, aging can possibly slow down the improvement and in cases of aphasia with degenerative disease or malignant brain tumor, it is often difficult to improve symptoms. Given that the clinical symptoms and background of each patient vary, we, speech-language-hearing therapists, should be flexible in our daily clinical work. In this paper, the author presented two aphasic patients, one with cerebral infarction and another with a degenerative disease (primary progressive aphasia), and discussed the importance of long-term therapy for aphasic patients who may follow a deteriorating clinical course.

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