Efficacy of semantic–phonological treatment combined with tDCS for verb retrieval in a patient with aphasia

Rosa Manenti, Michela Petesi, Michela Brambilla, Sandra Rosini, Antonio Miozzo, Alessandro Padovani, Carlo Miniussi, Maria Cotelli

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Abstract

Recent studies reported enhanced performance on language tasks induced by transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in patients with aphasia. One chronic patient with non-fluent aphasia received 20 sessions of a verb anomia training combined with off-line bihemispheric tDCS applied to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) – anodal tDCS over left DLPFC plus cathodal tDCS over right DLPFC. A significant improvement in verb naming was observed at all testing times (4, 12, 24, and 48 weeks from post-entry/baseline testing) for treated and untreated verbs. Our findings show beneficial effects of verb anomia training in combination with tDCS in chronic aphasic patient, suggesting a long-lasting effect of this treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalNeurocase
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2015

Keywords

  • naming
  • non-invasive brain stimulation
  • speech therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)

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