Causes of slurred speech


Drug-induced vertigo [top]

  • Vertigo
  • History of relevant drug: alcohol, phenytoin, barbituates, gentamycin, quinine, salicylates
  • May be associated nystagmus, slurred speech

Bulbar palsy [top]

  • Dysphagia fluids > solids, slurred speech
  • Difficulty eating
  • Nasal speech, Dysarthria, dysphonia
  • Tongue wasting, tongue fasciculations
  • Normal / absent jaw jerk