Basal temporal language area demonstrated by electrical stimulation

H. Luders, R. P. Lesser, J. Hahn, D. S. Dinner, H. Morris, S. Resor, M. Harrison

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We report on a 38-year-old patient with intractable complex partial seizures originating in the dominant left medial temporal region. In the work-up for seizure surgery, arrays of subdural electrodes were placed, and electrical stimulation revealed marked language interference in a 2 x 2-cm area of the left basal temporal fusiform gyrus (3.5 to 5.5 cm posterior to the temporal tip). Complete receptive and expressive aphasia, inability to repeat, agraphia, alexia were elicited, but visual memory was preserved, and no constructional apraxia was noted. Stimulation of the basal temporal gyrus at lower stimulus intensities produced a relatively selective and severe anomia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-510
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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