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Local changes in network structure contribute to late communication recovery after severe brain injury

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Science Translational Medicine  07 Dec 2016:
Vol. 8, Issue 368, pp. 368re5
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf6113

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Establishing communication after severe brain injury

Recovery of communication after severe brain injury can occur over long time scales, yet the biological underpinnings of this uncertain process remain unknown. Thengone et al. longitudinally captured the 2.75-year evolution of the recovery of communication in a severely brain-injured patient by repeatedly measuring brain structure and function using multimodal imaging. Concordant findings of structural and functional reorganization of expressive language networks in both hemispheres suggested that recovery of communication involved both local changes within the language-dominant hemisphere and increased connections between hemispheres. These findings support a specific mechanism underlying the recovery of communication after severe brain injury.

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