Transient Expressive Aphasia

Transient expressive aphasia is the clinical name given to a temporary inability to express oneself verbally. Like full expressive aphasia, this condition relates to the Broca's area of the brain and can also be referred to as Broca's Aphasia.

Indications of expressive aphasia

Patients who suffer from transient expressive aphasia are most likely to present symptoms of agrammatism. This means that it is often difficult for them to formulate sentences and speak in a clear and coherent manner. They may have problems finding the correct words to use in order to convey the meanings, or they may pause excessively in order to retrieve the requisite words from their memory.

Causes of transient expressive aphasia

Whilst permanent Broca's aphasia usually results from a stroke, transient expressive aphasia can have several causes:

Commonly recommended treatments for transient aphasia

As most cases of temporary expressive aphasia are related to migraines, the most common treatment for the patient is to administer migraine preventative drugs.

Another alternative treatment is for the patient to have Botox injections into the nerves to trigger points in the faces and necks of sufferers. The injections cause the nerves at the injection sites to decompress. This can cause substantial relief from the symptoms of migraine.

If the Botox treatment provides substantial long-term relief then the patient may well benefit from migraine treatment surgery. The surgery involves nerve clusters being surgically separated from the tissues that are exerting pressure on them.