Dysarthria Medical Definition

What is Dysarthria?” 

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Dysarthria Medical Definition

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Dysarthria medical definition: Dysarthria is a speech disorder caused by a weakness in the facial muscles that produce speech. In less serious cases, there may only be a slight slurring of speech, however, in more severe cases, speech may be impossible altogether. Dysarthria is a condition that often affects people with cerebral palsy and other brain and neurologically related conditions. 

Signs and symptoms of dysarthria vary depending on the underlying cause. Some symptoms may include:

  • Slurred or slow speech
  • Inability to speak louder than a whisper or speaking too loudly
  • Rapid speech that is difficult to understand
  • Uneven or abnormal speech rhythm 
  • Monotone speech
  • Difficulty moving the tongue or facial muscles

The causes of dysarthria are numerous and range from conditions such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, ALS, Lyme disease, and Parkinson’s disease, to certain kinds or medications or medication errors, head injuries, stroke, and brain injuries

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Dysarthria in Medical Malpractice Cases

Dysarthria can be a sign of numerous different conditions that require medical attention. If your dysarthria was caused by a medication error or another form of medical negligence, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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