Neurogenic speech sequelae following suicide attempt by hanging: a case report

Wazeer, Manal Muhammed and John, Sunila and Rajashekhar, B (2017) Neurogenic speech sequelae following suicide attempt by hanging: a case report. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 29 (2). pp. 1-4. ISSN 0334-0139

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Abstract

Background: Attempting suicide by hanging has become one of the most preferred means among adolescents. Individuals who survive a suicide attempt by hanging have a range of deficits, including neuropsychological, neuropsychiatric, pulmonary and even speech and language deficits. Literature regarding speech and language deficits in cases of near hanging is especially limited. Objective: This study aimed to demonstrate the sequelae of neurogenic speech deficits following a suicide attempt by hanging, the treatment strategies, and prognostic issues in one such case. Methods: We report of Patient X who attempted suicide by hanging. The patient was admitted and a detailed speech and language evaluation was completed. Results: Patient X was diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy with organic amnesic syndrome. Consequent to the neurogenic insult, the patient demonstrated speech deficits that were characterized by moderate flaccid dysarthria and neurogenic stuttering. Patient X underwent a week of treatment, subsequent to which there was an improvement in certain speech subsystems. However, the neurogenic stuttering symptoms did not resolve completely even post therapy. Conclusion: Individuals who survive a suicide attempt by hanging have a range of deficits, including speech deficits that need to be addressed by a speech language pathologist. This case report is an eye opener for speech language pathologists regarding their role in such cases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dysarthria; stuttering; suicide attempt.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 04:06
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 04:06
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/148989

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