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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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What is pedantic speech?

What is pedantic speech?

Not a medical term: Pedantic speech is speech intended to impress people with how smart the speaker is. An example might be using the term cephalgia when the more common word headache would do just as well. The term is also applied when a speaker is overly concerned with exactness. The term is frequently used as a criticism to imply that a speaker has trouble relating to the listeners. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia affect speech?

Can fibromyalgia affect speech?

No, but meds can: Fibromyalgia causes widespread muscle pain, fatigue, changes in sensory perception, sleep dysfunction, and can be associated with TMJ (jaw) problems, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and interstitial cystitis. Speech or language abnormalities are not associated with fibromyalgia. However, side effects of fibromyalgia medications include slurring or word-finding difficulties. ...Read more

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How did I develop a speech problem?

How did I develop a speech problem?

Depends: This is a very general question that is not answerable directly because there are many types of speech problems. Strokes, seizures or tumors, also developmental disabilities, and neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis can all cause speech problems and there are many others. Speech is different from language and many people often confuse a problem with one for a problem with the other. ...Read more

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What do you know about speech apraxia?

What do you know about speech apraxia?

Unclear: Apraxia is the inability to move purposefully (brain cannot plan movement even though the desire may be present and the body is sound). Aphasia is the inability to speak. I hope this was helpful. ...Read more

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Which kind of stroke causes speech loss?

Which kind of stroke causes speech loss?

Several: A stroke that affects broca's area in the dominant hemisphere will affect expressive speech and possibly comprehension. This can be due to ischemic stroke eg a plaque rupture and/or blood clot, hemorrhagic (bleeding) or embolic (drifting blood clot) types of stroke. A stroke of other (posterior) areas may garble the speech but not affect language otherwise. ...Read more

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Could a neck puncture effect your speech?

Could a neck puncture effect your speech?

Maybe: More details are needed but in theory injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve from a puncture wound could lead to hoarseness. It would be uncommon as an isolated injury as there are many other important structures nearby that would also likely be injured. ...Read more

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Why does a stroke primarily affect speech?

Why does a stroke primarily affect speech?

Not true: Not true that strokes primarily affect speech. Symptoms of stroke include speech changes, weakness/paralysis, decreased sensation, confusion, memory problems, vision changes, etc. The most visible symptoms of stroke are muscle weakness which may or may not include speech - because they are fed by the middle cerebral artery which feeds most of the cerebrum. However, you can have "silent" strokes. ...Read more

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Tell me something about apraxia of speech?

Tell me something about apraxia of speech?

See below: Apraxia of speech, also known as verbal apraxia or dyspraxia, is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is not due to weakness or paralysis of the speech muscles (the muscles of the face, tongue, and lips). The severity of apraxia of speech can range from mild to severe. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of apraxia of speech?

What is the prognosis of apraxia of speech?

Developmental Verbal: Apraxia can be caused by inherited mutations of the FOXP2 gene on Chromosome 7. Family history of Specific Language Impairment, articulation (speech) disorder & dyslexia helps determine prognosis, which depends on genetic & other medical causes, level of cognition, & presence of comorbid conditions. In the least affected, speech & language may be near typical by adolescence. Each case is different ...Read more