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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The 41 cases who had only bulbar palsy showed normal NCS studies.
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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.
She was diagnosed with isolated bulbar palsy as a baby.
Eventually, Amelia was told that Tilly was suffering from isolated bulbar palsy - slightly different from bulbar palsy which usually means there is a weakness in the patient's nerves that control the swallowing mechanism.
Two months after he was born, Callum was diagnosed with a rare neurological syndrome, Bulbar Palsy, which means he is unable to swallow.
Rest of the neurological examination was normal, suggesting a diagnosis of progressive bulbar palsy.
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.