BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2013-009562

Acquired stuttering due to recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma

  1. Scott Turner2
  1. 1Departments of Neurology and Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2Department of Neurosurgery, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katherine B Peters, katherine.peters{at}


Acquired (neurogenic) stuttering is a rare phenomenon seen after cerebral infarction or brain injury. Aetiology of this symptom is unclear, but recent evidence supports that it is a disturbance in the left hemispheric neural network involving the interplay between the cortex and basal ganglia. We present the case of a patient who develops acquired stuttering after a recurrence of a right temporoparietal anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO grade III). We also review other cases of acquired stuttering and known anatomical correlates.

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