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.

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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The clinical course of progressive bulbar palsy. Amyotroph Lateral Scler 2010;11:364-8.
September 30 2004 ( Patient C is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and another muscle-wasting disease Progressive Bulbar Palsy.
Tilly, eight, was diagnosed with bulbar palsy - in which food enters the lungs - when she was one.
41 (91%) patients developed bulbar palsy and 9 of them also developed bilateral 7th nerve palsy, 4 (9%) cases presented with bulbar palsy and descending paralysis and 2 of them were associated with bilateral 7th nerve palsy.
All cases presented with bulbar palsy, 9 cases associated with bilateral VII nerve palsy, 4 cases developed descending paralysis.
NNovember 18, 2004: Dr Malik visits Patient C, who was suffering from motor neurone disease and progressive bulbar palsy, and found she had breathing difficulties and choking spasms.
Tilly Merrell, eight, had been fed through a tube in her stomach since she was a year old Doctors diagnosed a rare condition - isolated bulbar palsy - which meant food went into her lungs, not her stomch.
Two months after he was born, Callum was diagnosed with a rare neurological syndrome, Bulbar Palsy, which means he is unable to swallow.
Bulbar involvement can be lower motor neuron (Bulbar palsy), upper motor neuron (Pseudobulbar palsy), or both.
(5) Presence of bilateral lower cranial nerve palsy which was slowly progressive without any other neurological symptoms lead to the consideration of progressive bulbar palsy. (6) Finally with the development of bilateral brisk reflexes, mild gait ataxia with extensor plantars, the evolution of the disease fit the presentation of brainstem glioma which was evident with MRI brain.