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Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Would acupuncture help for progressive bulbar palsy?

Would acupuncture help for progressive bulbar palsy?

Unlikely: Acupuncture may be useful for pain, however, and could be used as palliation, but will have no effect whatsoever on progressive bulbar palsy, a variation of classical motor neuron disease. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help for progressive bulbar palsy? Need expert opinions!

Can acupuncture help for progressive bulbar palsy? Need expert opinions!

Bulbar palsy: I am not aware of acupuncture having any effect in treating a progressive bulbar palsy. I would recommend seeing a neurologist to assess the palsy and then to recommend treatment. ...Read more

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What vitamin deficiency do people with progressive bulbar palsy have?

What vitamin deficiency do people with progressive bulbar palsy have?

Not a vitamin issue: Progressive bulbar palsy is a variant of als, and accounts for 1-2 % of all motor neuron disease cases. Has no known causation in most cases, but can be familial, and may be associated with the gene encoding copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. ...Read more

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What are progressive and pseudo bulbar palsy?

Upper motor neuron: Pseudobulbar palsy is a disorder of nerves located near the base of the brain, that connect the higher brain centers with the lower spinal cord. Most commonly affects chewing, swallowing, speech, emotional outbursts sometimes. It has multiple causes and the underlying disease will determine how progressive it is; examples are parkinson's, als, certain strokes, ms, brain trauma. ...Read more

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How rare is bulbar palsy?

How rare is bulbar palsy?

Not a disease itself: Bulbar palsy is an assortment of signs and symptoms, not the name of a precise disease. It refers to impairment of function of the cranial nerves ix, x, xi and xii. Its causes are many but here are a few: acute intermittent porphyria, motor neuron disease (als), guillain barre syndome, lyme's disease, botulinism, and myastheinia gravis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bulbar palsy?

What is the definition or description of: Bulbar palsy?

Bulbar palsy: Bulbar palsy leads to various medical presentations due impaired function of cranial nerves IX, X, XI & XII. ...Read more

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What's pseudo bulbar palsy?

Read below: Bulbar palsy is a term for problems arising from at the bulb( medulla oblangata), the lowermost part of the brain stem or peripheral to the bulb (nerve or muscle) pseudobulbar palsy is when the same symptoms (difficulty with swallowing speech etc) are due to bilateral problems higher up in the central nervous system. The physical signs are different. ...Read more

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What is pseudo bulbar palsy and how is it treated?

Poor mouth control: Bulbar palsy is a form of dysfunction of the mouth and face that can be associated with damage to the nerves in the brainstem. In some cases, drugs or frontal lobe brain damage will cause similar appearing symptoms with strange mouth and face movements, poor coordination of swallow and speech. These forms are referred to as pseudo bulbar palsy. Medications may help, but there is no cure. ...Read more

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How does bulbar palsy relate to motor neuron diseases?

How does bulbar palsy relate to motor neuron diseases?

One of the causes: Bulbar palsy is an assortment of signs and symptoms, not the name of a precise disease. Bulbar palsy refers to impairment of function of the cranial nerves ix, x, xi and xii. Its causes are many and motor neuron disease (als) is one of them. ...Read more

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What are the last stages of motor neurons disease, bulbar palsy?

What are the last stages of motor neurons disease,  bulbar palsy?

Impaired cranial nn: Cranial nerves 9 - 12. Are usually affected in bulbar palsy (a lower motor neuron disease, as compared to pseudobulbar palsy, which i just discussed). Again, there are multiple causes, different ones though. Common symptoms can afftect speech (dysarthria), swallowing (dysphagia), choke on liquids, voice problem (dysphonia). Aspiration of food or fluids can lead to pneumonia and death. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help bulbar palsy?

Can acupuncture help  bulbar palsy?

Can try, but unlikel: Unfortunately, the death of central (brain) nerve cells is not reversible. However other nerves can take over function of dead nerves. I am a strong believer in doing whatever modalities can be effective in returning neural function in damaged areas of the nervous system. Acupuncture has been affective in nerve disorders and anesthesia for thousands years, a lot we don't understand, but no harm. ...Read more

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Bulbar palsy, what are the drugs treatment?

Clarify: Pseudobulbar palsy? Or bulbar palsy? The treatments are different. Speak to your neurologist for options. ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed with bulbar palsy recently. What can we expect in the future with this disease?

My mom was diagnosed with bulbar palsy recently. What can we expect in the future with this disease?

May be difficult: Progressive bulbar palsy implies ongoing damage of nerve cells at base of brain with resultant problems with swallowing, using tongue, possible choking and breathing issues, and perhaps eventual widespread weakness and disability. Spend some dedicated time with your doctor and get a fuller picture of treatments, prognosis, and interventions. ...Read more

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Lt side jaw and cheek numbness and sore lt side neck muscles.Is this a sign of bulbar palsy no slur or swallowing problems.Just weird sensation in neck Advil (ibuprofen) seems to help. Push on lt side it's sore. ?

Bulbar palsy: Not sure what made you think that you may be having bulbar palsy. It would be way at the bottom on my list to consider. The problem sounds more superficial to me but without further exam and history, it's hard to tell what the cause is. ...Read more

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How to differentiate bulbar from pseudobulbar palsy?

How to differentiate bulbar from pseudobulbar palsy?

Complicated question: Pseudo-bulbar palsy 1. Degeneration of corticobulbar pathways to v, vii, x, xi, xii 2. Lower motor neuron signs (-) 3. Gag reflex (+) 4. Spastic tongue 5. Jaw jerk (+) 6. Spastic dysarthria 7. Labile emotion 8. Bilateral umn bulbar palsy 1. Disturbance to x, xi, xii 2. Lower motor neuron signs (+) 3. Gag reflex (-) 4. Wasted tongue, fasciculations 5. Jaw jerk (-) 6. Nasally speech 7. Normal emotion. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: palsy?

What is the definition or description of: palsy?

English "palsy" ...: ...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today "palsy" is largely obsolete. ...Read more

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What is erbs palsy?

Erb's palsy: Is a paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the upper group of the arm's main nerves, specifically the upper trunk c5-c6 is severed. These injuries arise most commonly, but not exclusively, during a difficult birth. Depending on the nature of the damage, the paralysis can either resolve on its own over a period of months, necessitate rehabilitative therapy, or require surgery. ...Read more

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What is bells palsy?

What is bells palsy?

Facial nerve paralys: Bell's palsy is a viral infection that causes the facial nerve to no longer function. It can lead to weakness or paralysis of one side of the face. If treated early with high-dose steroids the paralysis does not last as long and the damage is not as permanent. An evaluation is important because you have to make sure other problems are not causing the paralysis. ...Read more

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What causes bell's palsy?

Viral infection: Bell's palsy is one reason people develop facial paralysis. True bell's palsy is felt to be caused by a viral infection of the facial nerve leading to swelling of the nerve and damage to it caused by decreased blood flow. Steroids are very helpful in treating this. Some people incorrectly term facial paralysis "bell's palsy." this is not correct, you must exclude other causes of facial paralysis. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more


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Bulbar Palsy (Definition)

Bulbar palsy leads to various medical presentations due impaired function of cranial nerves IX, ...Read more