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Deep Dysphasia

By October 17, 2019Chronic Disease

Speech disorders and other types of communication disorders can be extremely impairing for people who suffer from them. Deep dysphasia is one type of condition in which a person makes speech or verbal communication errors. When a patient has difficulty communicating, that difficulty can impact the ability for a patient to receive quality health care. For many patients with deep dysphasia, home healthcare services may be available at no cost. 

When a person suffers from the condition of deep dysphasia, it can be difficult or even impossible to communicate with health care providers and to receive necessary or essential care. Health services at home can help to ensure that your healthcare needs are met. Whether you or a close family member suffers from deep dysphasia, you should learn more about how United Energy Workers Healthcare may be able to assist you.

What is Deep Dysphasia?

Deep dysphasia affects a person’s ability to process words or language. According to Katz and Goodglass (1990), who conducted research in the Boston University Department of Neurology, deep dysphasia is “the parallel in repetition to the reading impairment deep dyslexia.” Most people who have the condition of deep dysphasia make semantic errors, but do not show the same difficulty when reading orally. People with deep dysphasia also do not tend to have difficulties when it comes to perceiving spoken words, but they do experience significant difficulties when it comes to “semantically processing spoken words.”

Semantic processing is the level of processing that is usually characterized as deep processing, and it involves understanding the meaning of a word by relating it to other comparable words that have similar meanings. When a person has deep dysphasia, they may have lesions in the temporal lobe of the brain.

How Does Deep Dysphasia Differ from Other Types of Dysphasia?

Dysphasia in general is a type of language disorder, according to Healthline, and there are many different forms of it. It usually affects a patient’s ability to produce spoken language, according to Healthline, as well as to understand language that is spoken. Deep dysphasia is just one type of language disorder. With deep dysphasia, a person has difficulty understanding the meaning or context of words or language. While this might seem similar to other types of dysphasia, it is important to be clear that this particular type of dysphasia is named because it affects a person’s deep processing abilities.

Deep processing is one way of understanding and encoding information (especially language, or semantics), both verbal and written. Since deep dysphasia limits a person’s ability to engage in thorough semantic processing, it is named accordingly.

Understanding the Difference Between Deep Dysphasia and Deep Dyslexia

As we mentioned above, deep dysphasia often is cited as a parallel to deep dyslexia. What is the difference between the two conditions? Just as deep dysphasia affects a person’s deep processing abilities, so does deep dyslexia. However, while deep dysphasia impacts a person’s ability to engage in semantic or verbal language processing, deep dyslexia limits a person’s ability to engage in reading processes. 

Like deep dysphasia, deep dyslexia results in semantic errors. However, the key distinction is that deep dysphasia involves oral or verbal processing issues that result in semantic errors, while deep dyslexia involves reading processing problems that result in semantic errors.

What Causes Deep Dysphasia? 

When dysphasia is not genetic, it can be developmental or it can result from an injury or other medical condition. As Healthline explains, most cases of deep dysphasia that are not developmental occur as a result of brain damage. Some of the most common reasons that a person can suffer from deep dysphasia include but are not limited to: 

  • Stroke;
  • Infection;
  • Traumatic brain injury;
  • Neurodegenerative disease (like Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease);
  • Migraine headaches;
  • Seizure disorder;
  • Transient ischemic attacks, or TIA; and/or
  • Brain tumor.

In general, according to Healthline, deep dysphasia and other forms of dysphasia occur “when the areas of the brain responsible for language production and comprehension are damaged or injured.” While strokes are the most common cause of dysphasia, all of the above can be causes for deep dysphasia that are not developmental or genetic. For some people, it is possible to recover from deep dysphasia.

Seek Assistance from a Home Health Service Provider

If you or someone you love has medical needs and suffers from deep dysphasia, home healthcare services may be an option. United Energy Workers Healthcare provides professional home care to EEOICPA and RECA beneficiaries. We recognize that these patients have special and particular needs, especially when they have trouble communicating orally or engaging in any type of semantic processing due to deep dysphasia. Contact United Energy Workers Healthcare today for more information about the services we provide.





Katz, R.B. and H. Goodglass. (1990). “Deep Dysphasia: Analysis of a Rare Form of Repetition Disorder.” Brain and Language, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp. 153-185. DOI:10.1016/0093-934x(90)90009-6