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Sudden onset stuttering in an adult: Neurogenic and psychogenic perspectives

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  • Medicine
  • Psychology


A healthy 33 year old man with no previous history of speech language problems was referred to speech language therapy services following an episode which left him with a pronounced stutter, and which worsened over the next ten days. A range of neurological and psychological assessments failed to find any abnormality, as did MRI testing, and a diagnosis of psychogenic stuttering was made. This client was seen for three sessions of fluency therapy without significant improvement, after which he ceased attending. This paper considers the relationship between psychogenic and neurogenic stuttering generally, then more specifically in regard to this client, and the treatment he received. The paper concludes by considering problems in differentially diagnosing neurogenic from psychogenic stuttering.

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