Aphasia Can Have Many Causes — an Expert Shares What to Know About This ‘Complex’ Condition – PEOPLE

Last week, Bruce Willis’ family shared that the actor is “stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him” after “experiencing some health issues.” Willis has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, a language impairment that is “impacting his cognitive abilities,” they said.

Affecting around 1 to 2 million Americans each year, aphasia, a communication disorder, is a common and difficult condition for patients and their families. It’s also not a straightforward diagnosis — for some patients, aphasia develops after a traumatic brain injury, while for others, it’s a sign of a degenerative brain condition.

Here, Dr. Prin Amorapanth, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at NYU Langone Health Rusk Rehabilitation, shares what to know.

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