Dysarthria is a speech disorder. It differs from aphasia , which is a language disorder.
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This condition can be caused by not being able to control and coordinate the muscles that you use to talk. This can result from:
Factors that increase your chance of developing dysarthria include:
Symptoms of dysarthria include:
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done, paying close attention to your:
Images may be taken of your brain. This can be done with:
The electrical function of your nerves may be tested. This can be done with a nerve conduction study.
The electrical function of your muscles may be tested. This can be done with a electromyogram.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
To help reduce your chance of getting dysarthria, take the following steps:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
Dysarthria. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website. Available at: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/dysarthria.htm. Accessed November 23, 2014.
McGhee H, Cornwell P, et al. Treating dysarthria following traumatic brain injury: Investigating the benefits of commencing treatment during post-traumatic amnesia in two participants. Brain Injury. 2006;20:1307-1319.
Preventing a stroke. National Stroke Association website. Available at: http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/preventing-stroke. Accessed November 23, 2014.
Last reviewed December 2014 by Rimas Lukas, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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