What is the role of speech therapy in the treatment of posterior cerebral artery (PCA) stroke?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Erek K Helseth, MD; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Speech therapy usually is not required for patients who have had a PCA stroke. However, in infrequent cases in which there is neuropsychological deterioration or memory-language deficits, [9] a speech therapist should be consulted.

Although dysphagia typically is not associated with PCA infarcts (unless there are concomitant brainstem infarcts), evaluation of swallowing may be useful in patients who may be at risk for aspiration.


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