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What is bulbar als?
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In brief: Very worrisome
When ALS begins to destroy nerve cells in the base of the brain, the patient develops loss of ability to swallow and eventually even breathe.
This is indeed ominous when it occurs and often leads to early demise.

In brief: Very worrisome
When ALS begins to destroy nerve cells in the base of the brain, the patient develops loss of ability to swallow and eventually even breathe.
This is indeed ominous when it occurs and often leads to early demise.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Compared to the most common version of ALS in the bulbar variant swallowing disorders are often the first symptom.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
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In brief: Bulbar ALS
ALS may affect groups of muscles rather than the entire body.
This could be both legs, both arms, or the muscles of the face. Bulbar ALS is a form when the muscles of swallowing, speaking, and facial expression are weak- the so-called bulbar muscles.

In brief: Bulbar ALS
ALS may affect groups of muscles rather than the entire body.
This could be both legs, both arms, or the muscles of the face. Bulbar ALS is a form when the muscles of swallowing, speaking, and facial expression are weak- the so-called bulbar muscles.
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery
In brief: Motor neuron disease
A variant of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka lou gehrig's disease.
This variant affects motor neurons in the brain stem, leading to lower cranial nerve dysfunction.

In brief: Motor neuron disease
A variant of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka lou gehrig's disease.
This variant affects motor neurons in the brain stem, leading to lower cranial nerve dysfunction.
Dr. Soren Singel
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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
In brief: Cranial nerves
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease where the nerve cells degenerate which leads to muscle weakness and death, the cause is unknown.
The bulbar form affects the cranial nerves, they supply the face and neck structures. Riluzole is a drug that may help.

In brief: Cranial nerves
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease where the nerve cells degenerate which leads to muscle weakness and death, the cause is unknown.
The bulbar form affects the cranial nerves, they supply the face and neck structures. Riluzole is a drug that may help.
Dr. Swati Avashia
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