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Aphasia with elation, hypermusia, musicophilia and compulsive whistling.
  1. D E Jacome


    A musically naive patient with dominant fronto-temporal and anterior parietal infarct developed transcortical mixed aphasia. From early convalescence, he exhibited elated mood with hyperprosody and repetitive, spontaneous whistling and whistling in response to questions. He often spontaneously sang without error in pitch, melody, rhythm and lyrics, and spent long periods of time listening to music. His behaviour progressively improved in parallel with very good recovery of verbal skills. Musicality and singing are rarely tested at the bedside. Preservation of these abilities in aphasics might portend eventual recovery.

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