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Stroke on Right Side of Brain and Personality Change

by Mrs W

Question:I have a friend who is 47 and suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke to the right side of his brain. He is currently recovering and I have noticed that he is saying a lot of sexually explicit things, which is very much not his personality. He has said sexual things to his therapists and nurses. Otherwise he seems quite the same. Is this normal?

Answer: Unfortunately, there can be changes such as this with a stroke. I have seen it happen in several patients. I don't know how long it has been since his stroke, but if it is still early on, maybe it will improve with time. If not, hopefully he can work with a speech therapist or neuropsychologist and learn what is and what's not appropriate.

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