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

Hector nomail at thanks.net
Thu Sep 9 10:50:21 EST 2004

Thank you very much John, I really appreciate your reply and am
anxious to see any other material you may have on the subject, which
is very important to me.  

On Thu, 9 Sep 2004 10:03:43 +1000, "John Hasenkam" <johnh at faraway.>

>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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