Repetition and the arcuate fasciculus

Jeffrey E. Shuren, Bruce K. Schefft, Hwa Shain Yeh, Michael D. Privitera, William T Cahill, Wes Houston

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According to the traditional model of language organization, repetition deficits arise following damage to the arcuate fasciculus of the dominant hemisphere (conduction aphasia). Conduction aphasia may result from lesions that spare the arcuate fasciculus. However, these patients have atypical language organization. We describe a man with normal language architecture who underwent a resection of the anterior portion of his arcuate fasciculus and retained his ability to repeat words and sentences. We propose that the arcuate fasciculus is not necessary for speech repetition by the lexical route.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-598
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Arcuate fasciculus
  • Conduction aphasia
  • Cortical stimulation
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Repetition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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