Foreign Accent Syndrome
Pronounced: FOR-en AK-sent SIN-dromeEn Español (Spanish Version)
Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is a rare speech disorder. If you have FAS, you adopt what sounds like a foreign accent, even though you may never have traveled to that particular country.
Stroke—Common Cause of Foreign Accent Syndrome
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FAS is caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls the rhythm and melody of speech. The damage may be due to:
- Stroke, which is the main cause
- Trauma to the brain, such as a sharp blow to the skull
- Brain hemorrhage
- Multiple sclerosis
- Brain tumor
FAS is also linked it to other symptoms, such as:
Last reviewedMarch 2014by Rimas Lukas, MD
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