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Key Indicators Of Primary Progressive Aphasia

Difficulty Finding Words

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Primary progressive aphasia patients may have difficulty finding words. This symptom is most common in those with the logopenic variant. It may be hard for affected individuals to retrieve words from the brain and communicate. Patients often have trouble finding word substitutions like synonyms and antonyms. When patients speak out loud, they tend to have frequent pauses as they try to find the right words. Individuals with PPA may also have trouble with repeating sentences or phrases spoken to them. Unlike the semantic variety, these symptoms aren't about word associations. Instead, they're about the ability to communicate with any words at all.

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