bulbar palsy

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Related to bulbar palsy: Pseudobulbar palsy

pro·gress·ive bul·bar pal·sy

one of the subgroups of motor neuron disease; a progressive degenerative disorder of the motor neurons of primarily the brainstem, manifested as weakness (and wasting) of the various bulbar muscles, resulting in dysarthria and dysphagia-fluid regurgitation is an outstanding symptom and can cause aspiration; tongue weakness and wasting are usually evident. Often fasciculation potentials are present in the tongue and facial muscles.

bulbar palsy

Etymology: L, bulbus, swollen root; Gk, paralyein, to be palsied
a form of paralysis resulting from a defect in the motor centers of the medulla oblongata. See also bulbar poliomyelitis.

bul·bar pal·sy

(bŭl'bahr pawl'zē)
Flaccidparalysis of the motor units of any or all cranial nerves. Bulbar palsies may also be identifed by the specific nerve affected, such as facial palsy or hypoglossal palsy.
See also: cranial nerves

bulbar palsy

A neurological disorder causing progressive paralysis of the tongue, throat and voice box (larynx) so that swallowing and speaking become difficult or impossible. Bulbar palsy is a feature of MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS, MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE, and POLIOMYELITIS.
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In bulbar palsy, the throat muscles are mainly involved, and this may lead to difficulties in swallowing and speech.
Motor neuron diseases include: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease), post-polio syndrome (PPS), primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), pseudobulbar palsy (spastic), progressive bulbar palsy (spastic and flaccid), and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
Ciara Keating, six, relies on her wheels because she suffers from severe Cerebral Palsy and life-threatening Bulbar Palsy.
This study contributes to the areas of market growth in Friedreich's ataxia, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, Machado-Joseph disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, progressive bulbar palsy, hereditary spastic paraplegia, hereditary neuropathies and multiple sclerosis.
While Holly started to thrive, Katie - who also suffered from bulbar palsy - couldn't suck or swallow milk and doctors initially feared for the worse.
November 18, 2004: Dr Malik visits Patient C, who had motor neurone disease and progressive bulbar palsy.