Stuttering

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Stuttering is a speech disorder that involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of speech.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Visual field defect

Possible causes

  • Hyperactivity disorder

    Hyperactivity disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is chronic condition characterized by attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It often begins in childhood and can cause a child to have trouble in school, at home, or with friends. Causes may include genetics, head injury, exposure to environmental risks (e.g., lead) during pregnancy or at a young age, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, premature delivery, low birth weight. It's is more common in male cildren.

  • Social anxiety disorder

    This is also called social phobia and is a mental health condition with a persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. It can affect work, school, and other day-to-day activities.

  • Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (AIDS-related PML)

    Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a severe neurological disorder caused by destruction of cells that produce myelin (protective layer around nerves) in the white matter of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It is caused by reactivation of the JC (John Cunningham) virus. Most adults have been exposed to this virus and it usually does not cause any problems, but people with a weakened immune system are at higher risk for developing PML. Classically, PML is associated with patients who have HIV/AIDS, but it can also occur in patients without HIV who have a weakened immune system due to other reasons.

  • Stuttering

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you stutter or stammer?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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References

  • Prasse JE, Kikano GE. Stuttering: an overview. Am Fam Physician. 2008 May 1;77(9):1271-6. PMID: 18540491.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2008/0501/p1271.html

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