Craniotomy/Apasia creating loss of fluency in one language, but not another?

John Hasenkam johnh at faraway.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Wed Sep 8 19:03:43 EST 2004

Yes, there are cases of varying asphasia in individuals, I even have one
reference where a bilingual individual will involuntarily start speaking in
his second language. Have some refs on this in my archives, will dig up in a
few days and post.


09/09/04 10:02AM

> An unusual case of sundown syndrome subsequent to a
> traumatic head injury.
> Duckett S, Scotto M.
> Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Malvern, PA 19355.
> An unusual case of sundown syndrome is here reported, in > which a
bilingual patient would involuntarily change > languages at sunset. Numerous
theories have been advanced > in attempting to account for sundowning.
Cameron has > suggested that nocturnal delirium was based on an > inability
to maintain a spatial image without the > assistance of repeated
visualization. Kral and Wolanin > and Phillips have argued for a more
psychogenic account, > by stating that psychosocial stressors may, in
concert > with impaired cognitive functioning, account for > sundowning. The
present case concerns a 42-year-old white > male who in January 1989
suffered a closed head injury. A > thorough personal history as well as a
detailed > examination of the patient's daily activities allowed us > to
account for the unusual manner in which the sundowning > manifested itself.
The uniqueness of this case allows us > to underscore both the psychological
as well as > environmental and neurological factors involved in >
sundowning. Thus, we have as a consequence been able to > synthesize the
seemingly disparate accounts of both > Cameron and more recent published
> Publication Types:
> · Case Reports
> PMID: 1571723 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

"Hector" <nomail at thanks.net> wrote in message
news:njvrj095dptuvm5opqbu3cn3p8emdusspk at 4ax.com...
> Hello,
> Does anyone know of any instances in which different languages (one
> learned from infancy and a different one acquired 20 years later) are
> somehow "compartmentalized" in the brain, so that one can be
> completely restored after severe aphasia (caused by an abscess and two
> craniotomies) ... and fluency in the other remains permanently damaged
> (after 3 years)?
> Are there any Internet sites that I might explore to find information
> like this?
> Many thanks in advance ...

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