Foreign Accent Syndrome and Migraine?

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    I've read a number of news stories lately about an English female migraineur who began to speak with a Chinese accent. It has been referred to as Foreign Accent Syndrome. Is this a real condition? Is it in fact related to migraine disease? Diana.


    Dear Diana;


    Yes, foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is a real disorder. It's usually the result of some sort of trauma -- head injury, stroke, etc. FAS is quite rare, and there is no established connection to Migraine disease.


    You may find this article interesting, What is foreign accent syndrome?


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Published On: May 04, 2010