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A 75-year-old right-handed woman is brought to the emergency department for evaluation of right-sided weakness. Past medical history is significant for hypertension and diabetes, for which the patient takes amlodipine, chlorthalidone, and insulin. Temperature is 37.0°C (98.6°F), pulse is 95/min, respirations are 15/min, and blood pressure is 180/99 mmHg. On examination, right upper and lower extremity motor strength is 1/5. The patient has difficulty answering questions and appears to be frustrated by this inability to communicate. The patient is able to speak a few words, but the speech is non-fluent. She is able to comprehend 2-step instructions but is unable to repeat phrases. Which of the following best describes the type of aphasia observed in this patient?  

Summary
Receptive aphasia, also known as Wernicke’s aphasia, fluent aphasia, or sensory aphasia, is a type of aphasia in which an individual is unable to understand language in its written or spoken form. Even though they can speak using grammar, syntax, rate, and intonation, they typically have difficulty expressing themselves meaningfully through speech. People with receptive aphasia are typically unaware of how they are speaking and do not realize their speech may lack meaning. This is due to the fact that they have poor comprehension skills and do not understand their own speech. They typically remain unaware of even their most profound language deficits.