The role of the right hemisphere in recovery from aphasia. Two case studies

Cortex. 1989 Dec;25(4):555-66. doi: 10.1016/s0010-9452(89)80017-6.


We report two female patients who became global aphasic following a large left hemisphere lesion. With passage of time they recovered to a considerable extent, but three years and six months, respectively, after the former CVA, a new stroke lateralized to the right hemisphere occurred and they showed a definite worsening of language disturbances. Possibilities and limits of the right hemisphere in "taking over" language functions are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aphasia / complications
  • Aphasia / diagnostic imaging
  • Aphasia / physiopathology*
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Language Disorders / diagnosis
  • Language Disorders / etiology
  • Language Tests
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Recurrence
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed