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Anterior capsulotomy improves persistent developmental stuttering with a psychiatric disorder: a case report and literature review

Authors Zhang S, Li P, Zhang Z, Wang W

Received 10 December 2013

Accepted for publication 31 January 2014

Published 1 April 2014 Volume 2014:10 Pages 553—558


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Shizhen Zhang,* Peng Li,* Zhujun Zhang, Wei Wang

Department of Neurosurgery, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Stuttering is characterized by disrupted fluency of verbal expression, and occurs mostly in children. Persistent developmental stuttering (PDS) may occur in adults. Reports of the surgical management of PDS are limited. Here we present the case of a 28-year-old man who had had PDS since the age of 7 years, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder at the age of 24 years, and had physical concomitants. He underwent a bilateral anterior capsulotomy 4 years after the diagnosis. Over one year of follow-up, his physical concomitants resolved, and significant improvements in his psychiatric disorders and PDS were observed. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of simultaneous improvement in a patient's PDS and psychiatric disorder after a bilateral anterior capsulotomy.

Keywords: persistent developmental stuttering, psychiatric disorders, anterior capsulotomy

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