A Diagnosis for Mr. Fix-it

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Mr. Fix-it is a 59 year old man with a history of alcohol abuse and diabetic hypertension. Mr. Fix-it has been currently experiencing symptoms such as: rambling speech, poor short-term memory, weakness on the left side of his body, neglects both visual and auditory stimuli to his left side, difficulty with rapid visual scanning, difficulty with complex visual, perceptual and constructional tasks, unable to recall nonverbal materials, and mild articulatory problems. The diagnosis for Mr. Fix-it’s problem is most likely a right-hemisphere stroke. A right-hemisphere stroke is occurs when a blood clot blocks a vessel in the brain, or when there is a torn vessel bleeding into the brain. “A right-hemisphere stroke is common in adults who have…show more content…
Broca’s area gives an individual the motor ability to speak. Damage to this area may cause an individual to have difficulty speaking. For instance, not only does Mr. Fix-it demonstrate incoherent speech, he also has a mild articulatory problem, in which it would be difficult for the patient to say certain words or say it in an unusual accent. This type of symptom is very common in people who have suffered from a right-hemisphere stroke. Since the frontal lobe is also responsible for the ability to sequence tasks successfully, damage to this lobe has caused the patient with difficulty to execute constructional tasks. For example, Mr. Fix-it may have difficulty in things such as building a bike or putting pieces of a puzzle together, in which the patient can possibly now have constructional apraxia due to the stroke taking place in the right hemisphere. Because the patient has suffered damage from a right-hemisphere stroke; he has experienced paresis to the left side of the body. “Right-sided hemiparesis causes injury to the left side of the brain, in which its functions include the ability of language and speaking” (“Hemiparesis”, 2011). The damage that occurred on the right hemisphere may cause Mr. Fix-it, to have acute balance on the left side of his body, in which it may be difficult for the patient to perform everyday tasks, such as, putting on his clothes. Furthermore, due to weakness on the left side of the body the
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