Differential effects of right hemisphere injection during the Wada procedure on the primary and secondary languages in a bilingual speaker

Joshua I. Breier, Duane Dede, Kristin Fiano, Eileen B. Fennell, Laurie Leach, Basim Uthman, Robin Gilmore

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Abstract

A Wada procedure was performed on a bilingual seizure surgery candidate. Immediately after the injection of barbiturate into the right internal carotid artery the patient spontaneously switched from counting in English (the language he indicated that he used most often) to Spanish (the language he learned first). He named in Spanish spontaneously as well. After injection of the left ICA the patient exhibited a global aphasia, with no evidence for differential recovery of language as the aphasia cleared. These observations are discussed in relation to the hypothesis that a language learned later in life may be more likely to be bilaterally represented than the first language learned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-345
Number of pages5
JournalNeurocase
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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