Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS): Causes, Diagnosis, Symptoms, Treatment, and PreventionWhat is Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS)?This is a rare medical synd
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Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS): Causes, Diagnosis, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
What is Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS)?
This is a rare medical syndrome or speech disorder in which a person suddenly develops a foreign accent and begins to speak with a different accent. This condition is described as foreign accent syndrome (FAS) or foreign speech syndrome or foreign accent disorder.
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It was first noticed in the year 1907, but is not very common and occurs mainly when the brain is affected either due to a trauma or a stroke or due to some developmental issues.
What Causes Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS)?
- Injury to the brain
- Brain stroke
- Brain developmental issues
- Multiple sclerosis
- Conversion disorder
Severe Headaches & Migraines can cause foreign accent syndrome
A classic example of this is Sarah Colwill a British lady who after an attack of a migraine woke up with a Chinese accent. This was called a Chinese foreign accent disorder.
How do you Diagnose Foreign Accent Syndrome and what are the Symptoms?
The patients usually develop this syndrome suddenly. The main symptoms include:
- Some common language changes include Spanish to Hungarian, American English to British English, and Japanese to Korean etc.
- Change in the pronunciation of vowels and use of consonants.
- Sometimes using the word “uh” along with a lot of words.
- Some voice errors like pake instead of a bake.
- Joining wrong sentences together
Diagnosis of Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS)
EEG to Diagnose Foreign Accent Syndrome
Treatment & Prevention of Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS)
Since this is a very rare disorder and mainly linked to the brain and speech, the treatment is also very symptomatic. If there is a brain injury, stroke or hemorrhage the primary treatment goal should be to treat the condition first.
Other strategies include:
- Counseling from a psychologist will help to overcome the embarrassment and face society more confidently.
- Speech therapy from a therapist who can help to bring a change in the accent and get you back to speaking in the native accent again.
- FAS itself is a rare condition but if there is a history of strokes in the family, it is important to follow a few steps to prevent the onset of FAS.
- Regular health checks and to keep blood pressure under control
- Exercise regularly and keep a check on weight
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Prevention of Foreign Accent Syndrome
- A low dose of a blood thinner like aspirin can prevent any clots from occurring.
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Last modified: 11 Jun, 2018