Dynamic Aphasia as a Variant of Frontotemporal Dementia

Cogn Behav Neurol. 2021 Dec 2;34(4):303-318. doi: 10.1097/WNN.0000000000000289.


We describe two individuals with progressive verbal difficulty who exhibited impairment of propositional language, with relatively well-preserved auditory comprehension, naming, and repetition-a profile that is consistent with dynamic aphasia. By providing a brief review of pertinent literature and the results from our neurologic, speech and language, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging testing, this report sheds light on the infrequently reported dynamic aphasia in the context of frontotemporal dementia. Our patients' insights into their verbal difficulty tend to support the notion that dynamic aphasia results from interference at the stage where thoughts are converted into verbal messages-that is, the thought-verbal interface.

MeSH terms

  • Aphasia* / diagnosis
  • Aphasia* / etiology
  • Comprehension
  • Frontotemporal Dementia* / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Speech