Pathophysiology of language switching and mixing in an early bilingual child with subcortical aphasia

Peter Mariën, Jubin Abutalebi, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Peter P. De Deyn

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Abstract

Acquired aphasia after circumscribed vascular subcortical lesions has not been reported in bilingual children. We report clinical and neuroimaging findings in an early bilingual boy who incurred equally severe transcortical sensory aphasia in his first language (L1) and second language (L2) after a posterior left thalamic hemorrhage. Following recurrent bleeding of the lesion the aphasic symptoms substantially aggravated. Spontaneous pathological language switching and mixing were found in both languages. Remission of these phenomena was reflected on brain perfusion SPECT revealing improved perfusion in the left frontal lobe and left caudate nucleus. The parallelism between the evolution of language symptoms and the SPECT findings may demonstrate that a subcortical left frontal lobe circuity is crucially involved in language switching and mixing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-398
Number of pages14
JournalNeurocase
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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