Unintelligible Text Messages Can Point to a Risk of Stroke

December 28, 2012

Scientists found that apart from symptoms such as inability to move limbs and disorientation, there could be another significant sign of an impending stroke.

Typing unintelligible texts or also called ‘dystextia’, a recently-coined term by doctors to describe aphasia (language difficulty) could be a sign that something is going wrong in the brain.

In the respect, digital record can be a good way recognizing neurologic disease, especially among people who depend on the written rather than spoken communication.

Text messaging may be of great help in diagnosing a stroke and can actually be a pointer to our state of health. It could form part of the neurologist check list for symptoms of aphasia but there is a note of caution here – unintelligible texts should not be mistaken for aphasia when it is an old autocorrect problem. Many smart phones do have an ‘autocorrect’ function which can substitute words erroneously to give an impression of a language disorder.

Language problems pointing to symptoms of stroke are unintelligible language output, problems with reading and comprehending texts.

Source: Medindia

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