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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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What are progressive and pseudo bulbar palsy?

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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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


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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Dr. James Goodrich
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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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Dr. Donald McCarren
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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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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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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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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
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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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Dr. William Goldie
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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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Dr. Donald McCarren
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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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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 refers to problems of the nerves affecting the head and face, which may cause symptoms such as ...Read more


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