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Improved naming after TMS treatments in a chronic, global aphasia patient – case report

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We report improved ability to name pictures at 2 and 8 months after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) treatments to the pars triangularis portion of right Broca's homologue in a 57 year-old woman with severe nonfluent/global aphasia (6.5 years post left basal ganglia bleed, subcortical lesion). TMS was applied at 1 Hz, 20 minutes a day, 10 days, over a two-week period. She received no speech therapy during the study. One year after her TMS treatments, she entered speech therapy with continued improvement. TMS may have modulated activity in the remaining left and right hemisphere neural network for naming.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Harold Goodglass Boston University Aphasia Research Center, Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA 2: Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA 3: Institut Guttmann de Neurorehabilitación, Instituto Universitario, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain

Publication date: June 1, 2005


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