Symptom: Slurred speech

Slurred speech: Slurring speech or difficulty articulating words
Introduction: Slurred speech is a particular speech symptom that is commonly associated with drunkenness, though there are many other causes. Slurred speech is not the same as poorly articulated speech or overly rapid speech, and other types of speech symptoms should also be examined as possible diagnoses of a slurred-like speech symptom. Some of the possible causes of slurred speech include alcohol, drug intoxication, hypoglycemic attacks, various serious brain conditions (e.g. stroke or TIA), and also possible are various speech disorders including physical disorders of the face or oral region that interfere with speech. It is incorrect to assume a person with slurred speech is "just drunk". Slurred speech needs immediate professional medical advice because of the possibility of life-threatening causes.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Slurred speech:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Slurred speech (38 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Slurred speech (22 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Symptoms related to Slurred speech: speech symptoms (79), speech impairment (0), inability to speak (7), stuttering (0)
    Slurred speech type of: Speech symptoms (79)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Slurred speech: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Slurred speech as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Slurred speech: The following list of conditions have 'Slurred speech' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


  • African Sleeping sickness ... slurred speech
  • Alcohol abuse ... slurred speech
  • Ataxia Telangiectasia ... slurred speech


  • Classic childhood ALD ... dysarthria (poorly articulated speech)


  • Diabetic hypoglycemia ... slurred speech


  • East African Trypanosomiasis ... slurred speech


  • Fahr's Syndrome ... dysarthria (poorly articulated speech)
  • Friedreich's ataxia ... slurred speech
  • Frostbite ... slurred speech


  • Hallervorden-Spatz disease ... dysarthria
  • Huntington's Disease ... slurred speech
  • Hypoglycemia ... slurred speech
  • Hypoglycemic attack ... slurred speech


  • Motor neuron diseases ... slurred speech
  • Multiple Sclerosis ... slurred speech
  • Myasthenia Gravis ... slurred speech


  • Narcolepsy ... slurred speech


  • Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy ... slurred speech (dysarthria)
  • Opsoclonus Myoclonus ... dysarthria (poorly articulated speech)


  • Primary Lateral Sclerosis ... dysarthria (poorly articulated speech)


  • Transient Ischemic Attack ... slurred speech


  • West African Trypanosomiasis ... slurred speech

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