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What's the difference between aphasia and dysarthria?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Lack vs garbled: Aphasia is lack of ability to communicate. Dysarthria is garbled or unintelligible speech. Both are common complications of a stroke.
Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
A lot: Aphasia is the loss of a previously intact ability to generate or understand language. Dysarthria is usually explained as "slurred speech" although that's an oversimplification; language is unimpaired. They can occur separately or together. Dysarthria is a motor deficit; aphasia is a disorder of cognition. You live down the road from the stanford stroke center. They are a good resource.

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