A clinical delineation of tachyphemia (cluttering)

  • J Op't Hof
  • IC Uys


Cluttering constitutes one of the most important disorders of speech, language and communication in general. The majority of c1utterers are themselves unaware of the disorder.  The problems of definition, symptomatology, aetiology and relationship to stuttering and hereditary aspects, are discussed. A preliminary case report of a family in which cluttering appears to follow a dominant mode of inheritance, is given. It is concluded that the major symptoms underlying the general cluttering syndrome in the family described, are related to some form of psychoneurological dysfunction with emphasis on a central language imbalance.

S. Afr. Med. J., 48, 1624 (1974).

Author Biographies

J Op't Hof
Department of Health, Pretoria
IC Uys
Department of Speech Therapy, University of Pretoria

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eISSN: 0256-95749
print ISSN: 2078-5135