Nothing to LOL About: Signs of Stroke in Texts?

03-26-2013
By MATTHEW COLELLA

StrokeSmart − March 19, 2013

text messagesIncoherent and bumbling speech is just one of the warning signs that someone may be having a stroke. But new research suggests rambling and unreadable text messages may also indicate the early symptoms of a stroke.

Researchers are calling the phenomenon "dystextia" -- a term for incoherent text messages -- and it's the latest way doctors may be able to recognize the early stages of stroke.

After studying a patient who had no problems speaking or interpreting language, researchers realized a 40-year-old Detroit man had a stroke after he sent a series of jumbled text messages to his wife. Healthcare professionals said they found no visible neurological problems with the man except for a slight weakness on the right side of his face.

According to HealthDay News, the doctors treating the man gave him a smartphone as asked him to text "the doctor needs a new Blackberry." Instead, the patient texted "Tjhe Doctor nddds a new bb" and, when prompted by hospital staff, couldn't find any problems with what he wrote.

"Text messaging is a common form of communication with more than 75 billion texts sent each month," study lead author and neurologist Dr. Omran Kaskar said. "Besides the time-honored tests we use to determine aphasia in diagnosing stroke, checking for dystextia may well become a vital tool in making such a determination."

Read the full story at HealthDay News.

Study: Incoherent Text Messages May Signal Stroke