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Treatment for progressive gait imbalace and progressive dysarthria slurred speech?

Treatment for progressive gait imbalace and progressive dysarthria slurred speech?

Uncover cause: Likely best to see a neurologist. There are multiple problems which can cause this, and treatment follows diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Schneider
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Ataxia (Definition)

Ataxia means movements without coordination. People with ataxia have incoordination because the parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are not working properly. Ataxia can be associated with infections, injuries, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxias may be hereditary ...Read more


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Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Spasticity: CP and myoclonus involve over active stretch reflexes. They are caused by release of these reflexes from higher cortical brain control. ...Read more

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How are cerebellar degeneration, cerebellar ataxia and paraneoplastic cerebellar related?

How are cerebellar degeneration, cerebellar ataxia and paraneoplastic cerebellar related?

Ataxia: Cerebellar degneration means that the part of the brain that controlls coordination and balance is losing cells and likely getting smaller. Ataxia is the clumsiness, imbalance, slurred speech and/or abnormal eye movements that can accompany cerebellar degeneration. A paraneoplastic cerebellar syndrome is when the body's immune response to cancer somewhere else damages the cerebellum "by mistake". ...Read more

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What's spinocerebellar ataxia?

What's spinocerebellar ataxia?

Archaic term and : Not used in academic settings due to confused terminology. Was used to describe both hereditary and sporadic neurodegenerative ataxias, but now classify these based on genetic and molecular markers. Amongst these, friedreich's ataxia, ataxia telangiectasia, sca 1-7, mitochondrial. Ataxia is incoordination of movement due to cerebellar dysfunction. ...Read more

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What are ataxia, cerebellar or spinocerebellar degeneration?

What are ataxia,  cerebellar or spinocerebellar degeneration?

Progressive disorder: Genetic and familial conditions can lead to a progressive degeneration of the cerebellum and brainstem structures. There are many different types. Multiple sclerosis can also cause progressive balance problems that can mimic degenerative disease. Tumors can also mimic degenerative disease. A quality MRI and good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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Dad(52yrs)diagnosed w/cerebral vermian atrophy. Symptoms:uncoordinated movements, speech, swallowing difficulty(at times). Non-drinker. Is there a cure

Dad(52yrs)diagnosed w/cerebral vermian atrophy. Symptoms:uncoordinated movements, speech, swallowing difficulty(at times). Non-drinker. Is there a cure

Search for cause: The term "cerebral atrophy" is generic and does not explain why your dad is impaired. You truly need to have a full neurological evaluation, as the symptoms do raise concerns regarding many potential problems. Some of these issues could be associated with vitamin deficiencies, some from an inflammatory condition. Even might be due to a prion infection. Need to vigorously pursue. ...Read more

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38 yo male, history epilepsy (med controlled), closed tbi (12/2011). Slurred speech, hand tremor, unsteady gait, confused, lethargic, normal pupils.

38 yo male, history epilepsy (med controlled), closed tbi (12/2011). Slurred speech, hand tremor, unsteady gait, confused, lethargic, normal pupils.

Timeline?: Your description does not state if all of these changes represent a change from the baseline, are new or chronic. If they are new then i would recommend going to your closest emergency room right away, if they are chronic and old then i would discuss this with your doctor as they could be consistent with traumatic brain injury. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called sudden loss of coordination (cerebellar ataxia).?

Explain the condition called sudden loss of coordination (cerebellar ataxia).?

Cerebellar Ataxia: Acute cerebellar ataxia is defined as the sudden loss of coordination or abnormal gait due to abnormal function of the cerebellum. Causes are vast, and include tumors, infectious diseases, and genetic (inherited) etiologies. This is best managed by a neurologist (specialist in the nervous system). ...Read more

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Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Yes: Epilepsy refers to a seizure disorder. Children with CP have a static brain injury. This can result in some cases in abnormal bursts of activity (seizures). Not every child w CP has seizures but certainly more than the general population. ...Read more

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Unexplained dysarthria and dystonia. Why?

Unexplained dysarthria and dystonia. Why?

Hard to say: If you were previously "normal" and now have these symptoms the problem could be in the brain. I would not wait to see if things get better...See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Involuntary movements, lost of sensation, speech impairement and imsomnia?

Involuntary movements, lost of sensation, speech impairement and imsomnia?

Complex: Many possibilities, including multiple sclerosis, hereditary disorder, but could be variety of different causes, so see a neurologist asap, and get answers. ...Read more

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Could anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Could anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Not likely: No one knows for sure what causes it. It is a degenerative neurologic disease a little similar to Parkinson's disease in a comparable area of the brain. The cause may be genetic, viral, though no one really knows. It is very very rare. ...Read more

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Can just thinking about slurred speech cause slurred speech?

Can just thinking about slurred speech cause slurred speech?

Not usually: Many things can cause slurred speech. With certain neurological conditions that cause slurred speech focusing on the problem can make it worse. (We also see this with stammering and stuttering ). The list of conditions that cause the various types of slurred speech is lengthy. (From degenerative conditions to complicated migraine, stroke, focal seizure, poisonings and intoxication. ...Read more

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Could having mild cerebral palsy cause an antalgic gait?

Could having mild cerebral palsy cause an antalgic gait?

Word games: The term antalgic refers to a gait that favors one leg to avoid pain in another. While possibly visibly the same in CP, that gait is generally due to abnormal motor function and not an effort to avoid pain. ...Read more

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What is spastic dyplegia of cerebral palsy?

What is spastic dyplegia of cerebral palsy?

Legs>arms: Spastic diplegia is a condition in which the lower extremities are more affected than uppers. Intelligence may be normal and ambulation with braces or ankle supports may be good ...Read more

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Why am I experiencing a sudden onset of dysarthria (slurred speech) and ataxia (gait trouble)..!?

Why am I experiencing a sudden onset of dysarthria (slurred speech) and ataxia (gait trouble)..!?

Could be serious: These are serious symptoms. If one has sudden onset of speech and gait problems one should call 911 and get immediate medical attention. Causes could be stroke, a medication effect and other conditions - but these are signs that something is effecting the nervous system. ...Read more

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What causes slurred speach?

What causes slurred speach?

Several things can..: Problems in the ability of the brain to tell the speaking-muscles (in tongue, throat, voicebox, etc...) what to do; problems in the tongue, throat, or voicebox themselves; problems in the level of consciousness (such as if sedated); and local anesthesia (such as dental anesthesia) are some of the causes of slurred speech. A new case of slurred speech for no reason may be a stroke (can go to E.R.). ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Difficulty Talking (Definition)

Expressive difficulty is a clinical finding in which a person has trouble either writing words/sentences or speaking them, ...Read more


Dr. James Lin
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Jumbled Speech (Definition)

Jumbled speech = disorganization of speech. It may be a symptom of ...Read more