Harvard Scientists Uses Text Messages in “Dystextia” Stroke Case

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/ December 27, 2012

Apparently text messages were used as clues in a case of what Harvard scientists dubbed as “dystextia.”

The school’s experts used a series of confusing texts sent from a 25-year-old pregnant woman who had suffered a stroke. She was communicating with her husband when he noticed something was definitely wrong with his wife.

CBS News reports:
A healthy woman who was 11 weeks pregnant was communicating with her husband via text following a routine visit to her obstetrician’s office — she wanted to let him know the baby’s due date. However, the messages were incoherent.

Here was the conversation, which is reproduced in the Dec. 24 online edition of the Archives of Neurology:

Husband: So what’s the deal?

Wife: every where thinging days nighing

W: Some is where!

H: What the hell does that mean?

H: You’re not making any sense.

H: July 24, right?

W: J 30

H: July 30?

W: Yes

H: Oh ok, I’m worried about your confusing answers

W: But I think

H: Think what?

W: What I think with be fine

Doctors later noted the woman had trouble accurately filling out her intake form at the obstetrician’s; she also recalled feeling weakness in her right arm and leg earlier that had lasted a few minutes before going away.