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Symptoms of Slurred speech

The following features are indicative of Slurred speech:
  • slurred speech
  • slow speech
  • inability to speak louder than a whisper or speaking too loudly
  • rapid speech that is difficult to understand
  • nasal, raspy or strained voice
  • uneven or abnormal speech rhythm
  • uneven speech volume
  • monotone speech
  • difficulty moving your tongue or facial muscles

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Common Causes of Slurred speech

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

Other Causes of Slurred speech

The following are the less common causes of Slurred speech:
  • Huntington's disease
  • Lyme disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • muscular dystrophy
  • myasthenia gravis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • stroke
  • Wilson's disease

Prevention of Slurred speech

No, it is not possible to prevent Slurred speech.
  • it occurs due to autoimmune disorders

Occurrence of Slurred speech

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Slurred speech cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Widely occurring between 500K - 1 Million cases

Common Age Group

Slurred speech can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Slurred speech can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Slurred speech

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Slurred speech:
  • MRI scan (Magnetic resonance imaging): To create detailed images of brain, head and neck that may help identify the cause of speech problem
  • Electroencephalogram: To measures electrical activity in the brain
  • Blood test: To determine if an infectious or inflammatory disease is causing the symptoms
  • Urine test: These can help determine if an infectious or inflammatory disease is causing the symptoms
  • Lumbar puncture: To remove a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid for laboratory testing
  • Brain biopsy: To remove a small sample of your brain tissue to test

Complications of Slurred speech if untreated

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

Self-care for Slurred speech

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Slurred speech:
  • speak slowly
  • start small phrases
  • use shortcuts

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Slurred speech

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Slurred speech:
  • Speech and language therapy: To help regain normal speech and improve communication

Time for Treatment of Slurred speech

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Slurred speech to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Disease cannot be treated but only maintained or effects reduced

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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