Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is typically a progressive disease, meaning that people who have the disease tend to continue to lose language skills. Many people who have the disease eventually completely lose the ability to use language to communicate.
People who have the disease typically live about 3-12 years after they are originally diagnosed. In some people, difficulty with language remains the primary symptom, while others may develop additional problems including cognitive or behavioral changes or difficulty coordinating movements. Many people with PPA eventually require care and monitoring at home to help them in daily life. People who have PPA may be more likely to experience complications such as an injury or infections such as pneumonia.
Last updated: 4/7/2018
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