Oregon Woman with Foreign Accent Syndrome
Imagine waking up from surgery and when you speak, you have a foreign accent. It happened to Karen Butler, a licensed tax consultant from Newport, Oregon, after she woke from dental surgery. She joined us along with her husband Glen and Ted Lowenkopf, MD, a neurologist with Providence Stroke Center to talk about the condition called Foreign accent syndrome (FAS).
FAS is speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a “foreign” accent. It is most often caused by damage to the brain caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Other causes have also been reported including multiple sclerosis and conversion disorder and in some cases no clear cause has been identified.