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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 25-29
Case Report

Reversible Aphasia in Adolescence: A Late-Onset form of Landau Kleffner Syndrome? Report of a Single Case

Gianfranco Denes, Cristina Mantovan, Emilia Ferruzza, Carlo P. Trevisan, and Antonia Gallo

Dipartimento di Scienze Neurologiche e Psichiatriche, Universita’ di Padova, Italy

Received 29 February 1996; Accepted 3 December 1996

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An adolescent boy developed a long-lasting pattern of global aphasia, concomitant to focal (left temporal) EEG abnormalities; this was followed by complete recovery. Laboratory and neuroimaging studies were within normal limits. The possibility of a late-onset Landau Kleffner syndrome is discussed.