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Speech Exam


November 5th, 2019
On this page:Circumlocution


  • How to Assess

  • Items around the room - point to objects and ask the patient to name them. Avoid frequently named items such as pen and watch - ask them to name objects such as cufflink or stethoscope.
  • Pictures of items - show drawings of objects and ask the patient to name them.
  • Significance

  • Inability to name items is classically a sign of anomic aphasia.


Circumlocution is the act of talking around a specific word, rather than saying it directly. For example, instead of 'pen' the patient might say 'a tool that I use to write with'.
  • Significance

  • Suggests the presence of anomic aphasia.
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