Isolated palilalia: A case report

M. L. Gorno, A. Miozzo, F. Mattioli, S. F. Cappa

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We report the case of a 74-year-old patient, whose spontaneous speech was characterized by the compulsive repetition of parts of words, words and sentences with increasing rate and decreasing loudness. On a standardized language examination, his performance was within normal limits, besides the presence of palilalia; neurological examination showed a slight limitation of vertical gaze and a reduction of blinking. A small right capsulo-thalamic ischemic lesion was present on magnetic resonance imaging. This case provides further evidence that palilalia can be observed as an isolated impairment of speech production following subcortical lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-96
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Palilalia
  • Speech disorders
  • Thalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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