Expressive language disorder after infarction of left lentiform nucleus

J Clin Neurosci. 2000 Sep;7(5):456-8. doi: 10.1054/jocn.1999.0238.


A 53 year old bilingual woman presented with apraxia of speech and writing in English and German after ischaemic infarction of the left posterior lentiform nucleus. Detailed language assessment revealed impairments of articulation, verbal fluency, auditory repetition, interpretation of complex semantic relationships, formulation of definitions and verbal short-term memory. The case illustrates the role of the basal ganglia in speech planning, word retrieval and verbal short-term memory.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Apraxias / etiology*
  • Cerebral Infarction / complications*
  • Corpus Striatum / blood supply*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Language Disorders / etiology*
  • Memory Disorders / etiology*
  • Middle Aged