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Can a cervical herniated disc in the neck cause slurred speech, difficulty talking, and swallowing? sometimes choking on thin liquids?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
No: Cervical discs classically cause radiation to the upper extremities.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 14 years experience
The symptoms described commonly relate to stroke
Mar 17, 2013
Dr. Gregory Carolan
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
No: Those functions (swallowing, talking, etc) are all mediated from above the c-spine. Those symptoms are worrisome for stroke and evaluation should be sought on an emergent basis.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 14 years experience
Evaluation needed: Swallowing problems are most commonly related to neurological disease. The most common reason for these symptoms would be a stroke in the brain stem but other reasons need to be investigated for an appropriate treatment plan to be set.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston commented
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
A herniated cetvical disc cannotvcause these symptoms generally they cause shoulder or arm psin
May 7, 2013

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