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June 1980

Crossed Aphasia in a Right-handed Bilingual Chinese Man: A Second Case

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, St Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York (Dr April) and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Gouverneur Hospital, New York (Ms Han).

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(6):342-346. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500550044003

• A persistent nonfluent aphasia following a right cerebral infarction developed in a 74-year-old right-handed Chinese man. Computerized axial tomography localized the lesion in the right frontal lobe. This case is similar to a previously reported one, also with crossed aphasia in a bilingual and dextral Chinese person. Despite these two independent observations and in spite of the fact that unusual cerebral organization might be related to early learning of a nonalphabetic (ideographic) language, preliminary sampling has failed to demonstrate a greater incidence of crossed aphasia in two separate Chinese populations.

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