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Revista Cubana de Medicina

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MARTINEZ SEGON, Susana; FERNANDEZ GONZALEZ, Bárbara; LOMBILLO LAFERTE, Marina  y  RODRIGUEZ MUTUBERRIA, Liván. Motor and functional recovery in patients with aphasia secondary to stroke. Rev cubana med [online]. 2013, vol.52, n.4, pp. 265-271. ISSN 0034-7523.

Introduction: an observational and prospective study was carried out. Objective: to evaluate motor and functional recovery in patients with aphasia secondary to a stroke, who were included in the Neurological Restoration Program of International Center of Neurological Restoration. Methods: 132 patients were studied from 2007 to 2012; they were in treatment during 4 weeks and they were grouped according to the presence or absence of aphasia. Comparisons between both groups were carried out according to their motor and functional recovery by using Scandinavian Stroke Scale and Barthel Index respectively. Results: significant differences were not found in the studied groups concerning age, sex, motor and functional initial conditions, evolution time and vascular risk factors. Motor recovery was significant in both groups (p=0,00), although motor recovery percent was higher in the patients with non aphasic stroke. Functional recovery was significant in both groups (p=0,00), a higher quality recovery was seen in non aphasic stroke patients, and improvement was identified in hand abilities (p=0,00) which was not significant in stroke with aphasia. Conclusion: both groups were benefitted with the applied treatment, however, the aphasic patients experienced a lower motor and functional recovery, in comparison with the non aphasic patients.

Palabras clave : stroke; motor recovery; functional recovery.

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