A diagnosis of aphasia ends the life of Bruce Willis. What is that?

His family said that actor Bruce Willis, who appears here in 2019, will

His family said that actor Bruce Willis, who appears here in 2019, will be “walking away” from his acting career after being diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder caused by brain damage.

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In a statement on Wednesday, March 30, his family announced that actor Bruce Willis has aphasia and will be stepping away from his lifelong career that spawned hits from Die Hard to Pulp Fiction.

“To the amazing Bruce supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, affecting his cognitive abilities,” his family wrote in the joint statement.

The statement went on to say that the 67-year-old actor plans to step away from his acting career “it has meant a lot to him” as he deals with his health issues.

“As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that,” says his family’s Instagram message.

What is aphasia?

Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to a specific part of the brain that controls language.

The condition affects the patient’s ability to speak, understand language and write.

Johns Hopkins said that men and women are equally affected by aphasia. Most people with aphasia are middle-aged or older.

More than two million people have been diagnosed with the condition, University of Michigan researchers said.

What causes aphasia?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a language disorder is often caused “suddenly” by a stroke or head injury. However, it can also come from a brain tumor or degenerative disease.

What are some symptoms of aphasia?

A person with aphasia may speak in shorter, more imperfect sentences, and may not make sense while speaking, according to WebMD. They may also say words that don’t seem to make sense, and lose their ability to write clearly.

The site explained that the aphasia does not affect the patient’s intelligence, but only affects his ability to express himself.

How is aphasia diagnosed?

To diagnose aphasia, patients may undergo a series of language tests, including repetition, reading, and writing. Sometimes to make a formal diagnosis, doctors will use a CT scan, MRI and PET scan to obtain images of the brain, Johns Hopkins Medicine said.

Are there different types of aphasia?

The Mayo Clinic notes that there are several different “patterns” of aphasia. Some of these include expressive, universal, and universal aphasia. It’s unclear which pattern Willis was diagnosed with, if only because it affected his cognitive function. Each type of aphasia differs slightly in how the patient is able to communicate, and what he or she understands.

Can aphasia be treated?

The most common treatment for incarceration is speech and language therapy, which aims to improve a person’s ability to communicate, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

If the damage to a patient’s brain is mild, a person can restore their communication skills without treatment after a diagnosis of aphasia, says the Mayo Clinic.

Medicines are also being studied to see if they can help aphasia patients recover.

What is the prognosis for patients with aphasia?

With treatment, many patients can rebuild their speech skills. However, if symptoms persist longer than two to three months after a stroke, full rebuilding of skills is unlikely, according to the National Aphasia Association.

Some people may never regain their language skills after being diagnosed with aphasia. Instead, the University of Michigan said, they can learn to communicate in new ways and learn to live with the disorder.

This story was originally published March 30, 2022 10:17 am.

Maria Rush is a real-time national reporter. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and previously worked for the Chicago Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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