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Dystextia: Gibberish Texts Could Be A Sign of Health Problems



Dystextia: Gibberish Texts Could Be A Sign of Health Problems

Dystextia: Gibberish Texts Could Be A Sign of Health Problems

Dystextia: Gibberish Texts Could Be A Sign of Health Problems

Text Message Gibberish May Point to Serious Health Problem

Text and email miss-communications happen every day, and an accidental key press or auto-correction software error often results in a laugh or an apology.

This year, the medical community has come to learn that text errors can also be symptoms of certain health issues, such as stroke.

With a stroke, blood flow to the brain slows or stops, and oxygen loss and brain damage results in diminished memory, unfocused thinking and aphasia, or language difficulties such as slurred speech and writing problems.

Neurologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston first noticed the phenomenon when a husband brought his 25-year-old pregnant wife to the emergency room after receiving strange text messages that featured gibberish and off-sounding sentences.

Here’s a sample of the texting transcript between the couple:

H: So what’s the deal? P: every where thinging days nighing P: Some is where! H: What the hell does that mean? H: You’re not making any sense. H: July 24, right? P: J 30 H: July 30? P: Yes H: Oh ok. I’m worried about your confusing answers P: But i think H: Think what? P: What i think with be fine

Three of the Boston Harvard Medical doctors realized her symptoms could be a sign of stroke and presented their findings about this “new” phenomenon they called “dystextia” to the medical community in December. The term also describes when a person has difficulty interpreting or comprehending typed text messages.

“It may be a new area of language that hasn’t really been explored or tested,” Dr. Omran Kaskar, a senior neurology resident at Henry Ford Hospital who treated the patient, told The New York Times. “In humans, language evolved. Is text messaging some sort of new specific language that the brain is developing?”

Since December, doctors have started to study the phenomenon in detail. So far, the general consensus is that asking about dystextia when reviewing a patient’s history can help save lives.

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