Aphasia Complicated by Hypercalcemia Speech and language performance of a 55-year-old man with aphasia and progressive hypercalcemia is reported. After initial evaluation of his speech and language functions, the patient developed increasing hypercalcemia. As the patient’s hypercalcemia progressed, his speech and language performance deteriorated. Surgical removal of a parathyroid adenoma resolved the hypercalcemia, and ... Case Reports
Case Reports  |   November 01, 1972
Aphasia Complicated by Hypercalcemia
 
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Case Reports   |   November 01, 1972
Aphasia Complicated by Hypercalcemia
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1972, Vol. 37, 542-547. doi:10.1044/jshd.3704.542
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1972, Vol. 37, 542-547. doi:10.1044/jshd.3704.542

Speech and language performance of a 55-year-old man with aphasia and progressive hypercalcemia is reported. After initial evaluation of his speech and language functions, the patient developed increasing hypercalcemia. As the patient’s hypercalcemia progressed, his speech and language performance deteriorated. Surgical removal of a parathyroid adenoma resolved the hypercalcemia, and the patient’s speech and language performance improved precipitously. Major recovery occurred in tasks involving formulation and comprehension, but no apparent improvement in motor speech abilities appeared. The course of increasing disability before surgery and the recovery of speech and language functions after surgery suggest that hypercalcemia interferes with higher mental processes in general and that speech and language disturbances may be a result of this interference.

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