Garbled Text Messages Could Indicate Stroke

December 28, 2012

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Garbled Text Messages Could Indicate Stroke

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Dystextia is when a person sends garbled messages, it could simply be that the auto-correct is turned off or that there is something else is going on. Scientists have discovered that dystextia could indicate some kind of a stroke, if taken in context with other symptoms.

The scientists published their findings in the journal Archives of Neurologyยน. A Boston-area man rushed his pregnant wife to the ER after receiving two confusing texts from her. Doctors found her incoherent, disoriented and unable to coordinate her limbs properly. They diagnosed a stroke, which was confirmed with an MRI. The woman was given blood thinners and made a full recovery.

The growing digital record will most likely become an increasingly important way of identifying neurological diseases, particularly in patients that rely more heavily on written than spoken communication. Making typing mistakes in text messages is easy, especially when using the dictation feature of some smartphones. There is a potential for a lot of false positive, so it’s important to note that dystextia alone isn’t a cause for alarm. When it’s in conjunction with other symptoms, then it could indicate a stroke.

References

  1. Arch Neurol. 2012;():1. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.604

[via Time]

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