Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University Bratislava

- Zsolt Cséfalvay (22.11.2016)

Tuesday 22.11.2016 at 16:30, Lecture room I/9

18. 11. 2016 10.38 hod.
By: Igor Farkaš

prof. PaedDr. Zsolt Cséfalvay, PhD.:
Primary progressive aphasia – a dementia of language network

Language impairment is a common clinical feature of neurodegenerative disease. Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired, while other mental functions remain preserved. In PPA a language impairment interferes with the usage or comprehension of words and sentences. There are different clinical variants of PPA (agrammatic, logopenic and semantic variants), each with a characteristic pattern of atrophy. The underlying neuropathological diseases are heterogeneous and can include Alzheimer's disease as well as frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Because relatively simple tests of single-word and sentence processing can have substantial diagnostic utility, language testing should always be part of the clinical assessment of patients with suspected dementia. A comprehensive language-specific test should be used in assessment of language in Slovak speaking patients with dementia.