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April 1983

Reemergence of Stuttering After Focal Cerebral Insult

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology
Division of Speech Pathology Department of Otolaryngology West Virginia University School of Medicine Morgantown, WV 26506

Arch Neurol. 1983;40(4):260. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050040090028

To the Editor.  —The recurrence of a childhood stutter in an adult after cerebral insult is apparently uncommon. To our knowledge, just three such instances have been mentioned in the literature, although their possible importance was not discussed.1-3

Report of a Case. Case.  —A right-handed, right-footed, and right-eyed man was admitted to the hospital because of acute onset of speech difficulty. He had a ten-year history of hypertension, a 25-year history of hypothyroidism secondary to iodine I131 therapy for hyperthyroidism, a 26-year history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus with associated retinopathy and neuropathy, and a 40-pack-year history of cigarette smoking. Although he initially denied any previous history of speech impairment, he later revealed that he had been a "stutterer" between the ages of about 3 and 16 years. This speech impediment had been the source of much embarrassment to him, probably explaining his initial reluctance to discuss it. He