Journal of Neural Transmission

, Volume 117, Issue 5, pp 617–620

Stuttering induced by thalamic deep brain stimulation for dystonia

  • Niels Allert
  • Daniela Kelm
  • Christian Blahak
  • Hans-Holger Capelle
  • Joachim K. Krauss
Movement Disorders - Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00702-010-0380-0

Cite this article as:
Allert, N., Kelm, D., Blahak, C. et al. J Neural Transm (2010) 117: 617. doi:10.1007/s00702-010-0380-0

Abstract

We report a patient in whom deep brain stimulation of the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus (Vim) for treating dystonia reversibly induced stuttering at suboptimal stimulation parameters. Adjustments of stimulation parameters resulted in excellent control of dystonic motor symptoms and complete resolution of speech dysfluency. This is the first report on stuttering as an adverse effect of Vim stimulation which is primarily used to treat tremors of various etiologies.

Keywords

DystoniaStutteringDeep brain stimulationVentral intermediate thalamus

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niels Allert
    • 1
  • Daniela Kelm
    • 1
  • Christian Blahak
    • 2
  • Hans-Holger Capelle
    • 3
  • Joachim K. Krauss
    • 3
  1. 1.Neurological Rehabilitation Center GodeshoeheBonnGermany
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyUniversitätsmedizin MannheimMannheimGermany
  3. 3.Medizinische Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany