Pseudobulbar palsy

Pseudobulbar palsy is a clinical syndrome of dysarthria, dysphagia, a hyperactive gag reflex and labile emotional responses. It results from bilateral upper motor neurone brainstem lesions. 

This is in contrast to bulbar palsy, which is a lower motor neurone syndrome involving the lowermost cranial nerves. It also results in dysarthria and dysphagia, but with a decreased gag reflex and absence of emotional lability.

Related pathology

Conditions that may present with pseudobulbar palsy include 

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rID: 10798
Section: Gamuts
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pseudo-bulbar palsy
  • Bulbar palsy

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