Confusing Text Message Could be Indication of Forthcoming Stroke

By 04:43 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 Comments

The next time you receive an unintelligible text message from someone you know who is intelligent, you may want to take them to the doctor to be checked for "dystextia." Dystextia is a condition that causes a person to create gibberish or unintelligible text messages. It is also one of many tell-tale signsof a forthcoming stroke.

"The main stroke warning signs with respect to texting would be unintelligible language output, or problems reading or comprehending texts," said Dr. Joshua Klein, areport author for a case published online at Archives of Neurology. "Many smartphones have an 'autocorrect' function which can introduce erroneous word substitutions, giving the impression of a language disorder."

Last year, a 25-year-old pregnant woman sent an unintelligible text message to her concerned husband — who knew his wife turned off the autocorrect feature on her phone.

When she arrived to the doctor's office, doctors noted several signs of a stroke. An MRI scan revealed that part of her brain wasn't getting enough blood. Fortunately, werecovered quickly and was sent home with blood thinners, but her unintelligible text messages were one of many indications that she may be suffering from a stroke.



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