AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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Speech Disorder Called Apraxia can Progress to Neurodegenerative Disease

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Apraxia may start as an occasional stumble across words but can progress to a complete loss of speech. Some patients with Apraxia may even become mute. Apraxia is related to degenerative neurologic disease and is frequently misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. “Because it first presents as ‘just’ a speech problem, some people are told, ‘This is in your head.’ We’ve seen that. It’s very sad,” said Keith Josephs, MD. As patients and medical professionals cannot always recognize apraxia of speech, treatment is usually not received until the disease is in later stages. To read more, click here

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