mutism

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Related to akinetic mutism: hemiballismus, Locked in Syndrome
  • noun

Synonyms for mutism

the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak

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She was pulled from the water but had been in a condition known as akinetic mutism until her death.
She has been in a state of akinetic mutism for 19 years, after nearly drowning at the age of three.
In apathy, abulia, and akinetic mutism, diminished motivation is the defining feature.
World Health Organization Diagnostic Criteria for New Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Patients must have five of the following six symptoms: * Early psychiatric symptoms * Early persistent paresthesia/dysthesia * Ataxia * Chorea/dystonia or myoclonus * Dementia * Akinetic mutism Patients should meet all the following criteria: * Clinical duration of symptoms >6 months * Age at onset of <50 years * Absences of PrP gene mutation * Electroencephalogram does not show typical periodic appearance * Routine investigations do not suggest an alternative diagnosis * MRI scan shows abnormal bilateral high signal from the pulvinar on axial T-2 and/or proton density weighted images Note: From "Clinical Importance of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, "by C.