Journal article

Speech and oral motor profile after childhood hemispherectomy

Frederique Liegeois, Angela Morgan, Lorna Stewart, J Cross, Adam Vogel, Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Brain and Language [P] | Elsevier | Published : 2010


Hemispherectomy (disconnection or removal of an entire cerebral hemisphere) is a rare surgical procedure used for the relief of drug-resistant epilepsy in children. After hemispherectomy, contralateral hemiplegia persists whereas gross expressive and receptive language functions can be remarkably spared. Motor speech deficits have rarely been examined systematically, thus limiting the accuracy of postoperative prognosis. We describe the speech profiles of hemispherectomized participants characterizing their intelligibility, articulation, phonological speech errors, dysarthric features, and execution and sequencing of orofacial speech and non-speech movements. Thirteen participants who had un..

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