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Has anyone ever had sudden loss of speech? is a stroke the only cause?

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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 24 years experience
Stroke not only caus: While stroke is probably the most common, other injuries to the speech centers of the brain could cause sudden loss of speech. These include infection, trauma and tumor.
Dr. Paul Gilson
Dr. Paul Gilson commented
Neurology 41 years experience
Rarely a cause can be migraine or a partial seizure
Jul 19, 2012
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Speech arrest: This symptom can occur in a variety of settings: stroke, transient cerebral ischemia, fright, sleep attack, partial epilepsy, heart beat irregularities, fatigue, worry. There probably other causes not named. But if this has happened to you, don't wait because it may not be a stroke, since many of the other possibilities can be rather nasty too.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Various causes: Abrupt speech arrest can happen when brain processing is disrupted. This may happen with stroke but also seizure, migraine, acute pain, sleep attack, or sudden distraction. If stroke there is usually associated weakness face and right hand.

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