Mutism and Subsequent Dysarthria (MSD) and the Posterior Fossa Syndrome (PFS) have become well-recognized clinical entities which may develop after resection of cerebellar tumours. However, speech characteristics following a period of mutism have not been documented in much detail. This study carried out a perceptual speech analysis in 24 children and adolescents (of whom 12 became mute in the immediate postoperative phase) 1-12.2 years after cerebellar tumour resection. The most prominent speech deficits in this study were distorted vowels, slow rate, voice tremor, and monopitch. Factors influencing long-term speech disturbances are presence or absence of postoperative PFS, the localisation of the surgical lesion and the type of adjuvant treatment. Long-term speech deficits may be present up to 12 years post-surgery. The speech deficits found in children and adolescents with cerebellar lesions following cerebellar tumour surgery do not necessarily resemble adult speech characteristics of ataxic dysarthria.

Cerebellum, Dysarthria, Mutism, Posterior Fossa Syndrome
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpn.2011.12.013, hdl.handle.net/1765/34963
European Journal of Paediatric Neurology

de Smet, H.J, Catsman-Berrevoets, C.E, Aarsen, F.K, Verhoeven, J.J, Mariën, P, & Paquier, P.F. (2012). Auditory-perceptual speech analysis in children with cerebellar tumours: A long-term follow-up study. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 16(5), 434–442. doi:10.1016/j.ejpn.2011.12.013