Incomplete Locked-In Syndrome Two Cases With Successful Communication Outcomes Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   September 01, 1991
Incomplete Locked-In Syndrome
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • William M. McGann, PhD
    Speech/Language Pathology Department The Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara 427 Camino del Remedio Santa Barbara, CA 93110
  • Teresa M. Paslawski
    University of California, Santa Barbara
Article Information
Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   September 01, 1991
Incomplete Locked-In Syndrome
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1991, Vol. 1, 32-37. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0101.32
History: Received May 14, 1991 , Accepted June 27, 1991
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1991, Vol. 1, 32-37. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0101.32
History: Received May 14, 1991; Accepted June 27, 1991

Two patients with diagnoses of locked-in syndrome (LiS) following basilar artery infarcts were admitted to the Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara in 1987 and 1990. Both progressed from communication based on minimal eye movement to successful use of computerized communication devices. Details of the therapeutic intervention used are presented along with a consideration of cognitive issues as they relate to the syndrome’s definition.

Acknowledgments
The authors wish to express their gratitude to B.T. and G.F. and their spouses for their strength, courage, and dedication. In addition, we would like to thank Ms. Mary Anne Lewis for the valuable information she provided regarding her work as G.F.’s speech-language pathologist, Dr. Cheryll Smith for her valuable suggestions and her assistance with neuropsychological testing and analysis, and Dr. Robert Djergaian for his helpful comments.
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