US Cancer Patient Developed Uncontrollable Irish Accent
Friday 17th, February 2023
A man in the United States developed an 'Irish brogue' accent while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, the man had no known Irish background.

Researchers said that what was observed with the man was consistent with Foreign Accent Syndrome or FAS.

The study that involved the man in his 50s was published in the British Medical Journal. The individual was diagnosed with a small cell neuroendocrine prostate cancer.

The study stated that the man had lived in England in his 20s and had friends and distant relatives from Ireland but he himself had never been to Ireland and had never previously spoken with an Irish accent.

The Irish accent the man had was uncontrollable and he had it till the day he passed away.

"He had no neurological examination abnormalities, psychiatric history or MRI of the brain abnormalities, at symptom onset", according to the study, which was jointly done by researchers from North Carolina's Duke University and the Carolina Urologic Research Center of South Carolina.

Despite treatment, the man's cancer progressed resulting in brain metastases and paralysis, leading to his death.

Doctors found that the most likely cause of the speech change was due to a so-called paraneoplastic neurological disorder, which developed as his immune system fought the cancer.

The research team said this case study goes to further improve the minimal literature on Foreign Accent Syndrome or FAS.

It's understood to be the first case of FAS in a patient with prostate cancer and the third such case in someone with a malignancy.
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