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‘Dystextia’: Woman’s Garbled Texts Save Her Life

Taken to a hospital, she was found to have suffered a stroke


When a pregnant woman began sending confused text messages to her husband, her incoherence led doctors to realize that she was in trouble, CBS News notes.

The unnamed woman had just visited her obstetrician and was trying to inform her husband of the baby’s due date, but her texts were seemingly composed of random words jumbled together.

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Alerted that something was wrong, the woman was taken to a Boston emergency room exhibiting dyphasia, a condition in which a person cannot choose and arrange words to express thoughts. Doctors later determined that she had suffered an acute ischemic stroke, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked by clotting.

Treated with anti-clotting medications and aspirin, the woman recovered, and her baby was not affected.

Writing up the case for publication in a medical journal, the physicians labeled her dyphasia expressed in text messages as “dystextia.” Researchers noted that while this was the first reported case of text messages signaling a stroke, the widespread use of the technology could provide doctors a new way of detecting the problem.

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