Communicative and Cognitive Deterioration in Dialysis Dementia: Two Case Studies We studied the cognitive and communicative deterioration of two patients who were treated by maintenance dialysis and developed a fatal progressive encephalopathy, “dialysis dementia.” Detailed language, speech, and psychological evaluations support the contention that this neurologic syndrome is in fact a dementia. Stuttering and intermittent mutism characterize the disorder and ... Articles
Articles  |   May 01, 1977
Communicative and Cognitive Deterioration in Dialysis Dementia: Two Case Studies
 
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Articles   |   May 01, 1977
Communicative and Cognitive Deterioration in Dialysis Dementia: Two Case Studies
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1977, Vol. 42, 238-246. doi:10.1044/jshd.4202.238
History: Received January 31, 1976 , Accepted August 24, 1976
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1977, Vol. 42, 238-246. doi:10.1044/jshd.4202.238
History: Received January 31, 1976; Accepted August 24, 1976

We studied the cognitive and communicative deterioration of two patients who were treated by maintenance dialysis and developed a fatal progressive encephalopathy, “dialysis dementia.” Detailed language, speech, and psychological evaluations support the contention that this neurologic syndrome is in fact a dementia. Stuttering and intermittent mutism characterize the disorder and may be valuable in the differentiation of dialysis dementia from other neuropsychiatric syndromes. Some of the speech and language defects are not explicable on the basis of intellectual deterioration and probably represent involvement of the cortical language centers.

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