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'Dystextia': Woman's Stroke Diagnosed with Help of Garbled Text Message to Husband

Update Date: Dec 27, 2012 07:42 AM EST
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Recently, a 25-year-old pregnant woman replied to her husband's text message about an appointment with the obstetrician saying "every where thinging days nighing." On receiving the text that did not make any sense to him, her husband was alarmed about something being wrong (especially because her phone's autocorrect was off).

And apparently, it turned out that he guessed it right. His wife had suffered a stroke.

Researchers call the condition that the woman suffered as "dystextia." It turned out to be a clue that helped doctors in to a woman's acute ischemic stroke, The Huffington Post reported.

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On the same morning itself, the woman had experienced weakness in her legs and arms and had trouble filling a form too.

According to CBS News, when the woman was taken to the emergency room, the doctors diagnosed her with the language condition of "dysphasia," which happens when the brain damage leads to distorted language and word problems.

When MRI brain scans on the woman were conducted, it was revealed that she had suffered a stroke.

"Aphasia is a common manifestation of stroke, occurring in 21 percent to 38 percent of acute stroke patients," the Harvard researchers wrote in the study. "To our knowledge, this is the first report of aberrant text messaging being the presenting sign of acute ischemic stroke."

In some migraine cases, odd text messages have shown as a symptom before, however with this case, it is evident how important a role technology is playing these days signaling neurologic problems, the authors said.

"This case report per se does not indicate to me if dystextia is going to be more common to pick up strokes," Dr. Sean Savitz, the director of University of Texas Health Science Center's stroke program, told Reuters. "But I do think it will be a valuable addition to the collection of information that neurologists should obtain when taking a history."

The case was reported in the Archives of Neurology.

The following is the full exchange of texts between the husband and the wife, as detailed in the study article:

Husband (H): So what's the deal?

Patient (P): every where thinging days nighing

P: Some is where!

H: What the hell does that mean?

H: You're not making any sense.

H: July 24, right?

P: J 30

H: July 30?

P: Yes

H: Oh ok. I'm worried about your

confusing answers

P: But i think

H: Think what?

P: What i think with be fine

 

 

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