The critical role Wernicke's area in sentence repetition

Ola A. Selnes, David S. Knopman, Nancy Niccumm, Alan B. Rubens

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The anatomical correlates of persistent deficits in sentence repetition were studied in a group of 32 right‐handed patients with fluent aphasia caused by left hemisphere ischemic stroke. Patients whose ability to repeat remained impaired by 6 month after onset almost withoutexveption had damage to Wernicke's area had impaired repetition 6 months after onset. The most consistent lesion correlating with chronic impairment of repetition, therefore, was one destroying parts or all of Wernicke's area. Lesion outside of this area typically resulted in milder impairment of repetition that resolved within a few months. Only 5 patients had no repetition impairment when tested early (1 month after onset). These patients all had lesions anterior to the rolandic fissure, some including Broca's area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-557
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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