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:
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Symptoms related to Slurred speech: speech symptoms (79), speech impairment (0), inability to speak (7), stuttering (0)
Slurred speech type of: Speech symptoms (79)
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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.
- Drunkenness (see Alcohol use)
- Alcohol intoxication (see Alcohol use)
- Drug intoxication
- Amphetamine intoxication - amphetamines can lead to poorly articulated speech
- Hypoglycemic attack - the effects of very low blood sugars lead to drunken-like slurred and/or rambling speech.
- Facial paralysis - may lead to speech difficulty that sounds slurred.
- Brain conditions
- Other symptoms or medical conditions that might be mistaken for or imprecisely called "slurred speech" include:
- Neurological disorders (see Cognitive impairment)
- Nose disorders that might lead to slurred-like speech or other speech changes include:
- Deviated septum
- Nasal injury
- See also other causes of speech problems or nasal speech
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.
Medical Tools & Articles:
- Risk Factor Center
- Medical Statistics Center
- Medical Treatment Center
- Prevention Center
- Medical Tests Center