Slow and slurred speech resulting from inability to coordinate the muscles that are used in speech. Causes include brain damage, Parkinson disease, and developmental causes

Symptoms of Dysarthria

The following features are indicative of Dysarthria:
  • slurred speech
  • monotone speech
  • abnormal speech rhythm
  • slow speech
  • unable to speak loudly
  • nasal voice
  • difficulty moving facial muscles

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Common Causes of Dysarthria

The following are the most common causes of Dysarthria:
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • brain injury
  • brain tumor
  • cerebral palsy
  • guillain-Barre syndrome
  • head injury

Other Causes of Dysarthria

The following are the less common causes of Dysarthria:
  • huntington's disease
  • lyme disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • muscular dystrophy
  • myasthenia gravis
  • parkinson's disease
  • stroke
  • wilson's disease
  • use of narcotics and sedatives medicines

Prevention of Dysarthria

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Dysarthria.

Occurrence of Dysarthria

Common Age Group

Dysarthria can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Dysarthria can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Dysarthria

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Dysarthria:
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging): To identify the speech problem
  • CT (Computed Tomography) scan: To identify the cause of speech problem
  • Electroencephalogram: To measure electrical activity of brain
  • Blood test: To determine the infection
  • Urine test: To determine the infection
  • Brain biopsy: To test brain tissue
  • Neuropsychological test: To examine the neuropsychological function
  • Lumbar puncture: To rule out the dysarthria

Complications of Dysarthria if untreated

Yes, Dysarthria causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Dysarthria is left untreated:
  • depression
  • social difficulty

Self-care for Dysarthria

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Dysarthria:
  • language therapy: To improve communication problems

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Dysarthria.

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