Unexpected absence of aphasia after left-hemisphere perisylvian damage is often assumed to reflect right-hemisphere language lateralization, but other potential explanations include bilateral language representation, or sparing of critical left-hemisphere regions due to individual variability. We describe the case of a left-handed gentleman who presented with no aphasia after a left temporal hemorrhage. We used functional neuroimaging to determine how his language network had been spared. In this case, we observed unequivocal right-hemisphere lateralization of language function, explaining his lack of aphasia. We discuss the variability of language organization and highlight outstanding questions about the implications of damage in different scenarios.
- atypical language organization
- bilateral language
- right-lateralized language
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Neurology