(Anomia, Aphasia-associated; Nominal Aphasia; Anomic Aphasia; Difficulty Naming Objects and People)
Pronounced: ah-FAY-zhah ah–SOSH-ee-ay-ted ah-NOM-ee-ah
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Aphasia-associated anomia is when a person has problems naming people and things.
This problem is caused by an injury to the brain. Stroke is the most common cause. Others are:
This problem is more common in older adults. It is also more common in people who have:
A person with this problem has problems finding the right word when speaking and writing, such as:
Most people can understand speech and read.
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. Speech language, and communication tests may be done. This is often enough to make the diagnosis. You may also need to see a doctor who treats the nervous system.
Other tests may be done to find the cause.
The cause will need to be treated.
Speech and language therapy will also be needed to:
There are no guidelines to prevent this problem. It is caused by underlying health problems, such as stroke.
National Aphasia Association
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Aphasia. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website. Available at:
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Aphasia. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders website. Available at: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/aphasia. Updated March 6, 2017. Accessed April 16, 2020.
Aphasia information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Aphasia-Information-Page. Updated October 1, 2019. Accessed April 15, 2020.
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 4/16/2020
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