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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 19, Issue 4, Pages 195-197
Case Report

Foreign Accent Syndrome Mimicked by Garcin Syndrome with Spontaneous Resolution

Michael Hoffmann

Department of Neurology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Received 16 December 2008; Accepted 16 December 2008

Copyright © 2008 Hindawi Publishing Corporation and the authors. 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 English speaking women developed a French accent, without any aphasic syndromes, in conjunction with multiple left sided cranial nerve deficits, temporally related to cranial trauma. Extensive testing with multimodality magnetic resonance imaging, cerebrospinal fluid and laboratory analysis was unremarkable. She was followed over a 3 year period during which her French accent resolved as did the majority of her multiple unilateral cranial neuropathies. The neurological diagnoses included a foreign accent syndrome attributed to a reversible Garcin syndrome.