What Is Progressive Bulbar Palsy?

Progressive bulbar palsy is a motor neuron disorder that involves the lower motor neurons. These neurons conduct messages from the brain stem and spinal cord to the brain. Initially, patients with progressive bulbar palsy only have muscle weakness that affects speech and swallowing. However, this condition can often progress to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.

Symptoms

Symptoms of progressive bulbar palsy can include the following:

  • Pharyngeal muscle weakness (affects swallowing)
  • Weak jaw and facial muscles
  • Progressive loss of speech
  • Tongue muscle atrophy
  • Weak limbs

Sometimes individuals with this condition also have outbursts of laughing or crying, which is called emotional lability. Specific risks for the patient are choking, gagging, and a higher risk of pneumonia.

Specialties:

Speech Pathology

Locations:

School of Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
801-587-3422

Mark B. Bromberg, MD, PhD

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4.7

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Dr Mark Bromberg is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Utah. He received a doctoral degree in Neurophysiology from the University of Vermont and his medical degree and his neurology residency training from the University of Michigan. He also completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular diseases at the University o... Read More

Karin M. Dent, MS, CGC

Karin Dent, Director of the University of Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, is a certified and licensed genetic counselor at the University of Utah and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.  Karin directs or co-directs the Genetic Counseling Seminar courses, the Clinical Rotations courses, and the Research course. She rece... Read More

Specialties:

Genetic Counselor

Locations:

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Summer Gibson, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

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Dr. Gibson is a Utah native. She attended Rice University where she earned her BA in biology and then received her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. At that point she returned to Utah where she completed her residency training in Neurology, in her last year she was nominated a co-chief. During her residency she d... Read More

Estelle S. Harris, MD

Estelle S. Harris, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah Health Science Center. As a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician, her clinical interests include general pulmonary consultation, acute lung injury, non-invasive ventilation, neuromuscular abnormalities and diaphragm muscle dysfunction. Dr. Harris received her M... Read More

Specialties:

Critical Care, Pulmonary, General Pulmonary

Locations:

University Hospital
Pulmonary, Clinic 3
801-581-7806

Heather A. Hayes, PT, PhD, DPT

Heather Hayes, DPT, NCS, PhD is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) with advanced certification as a neurologic clinic specialist (NCS). She specializes in the treatment and research of individuals with any neurological disorders, including but not limited to; Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsonsim, ALS, balance and vestibular disorders.... Read More

Specialties:

ALS, Balance/Vestibular, Geriatrics, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Stroke

Locations:

Health Profession Education Building 801-587-9161

Kasey D. Mitchell, MOT, CLVT, OTR/L

Kasey Mitchell MOT, OTR/L, CLVT is the Life Skills Clinic Manager. The Life Skills Clinic is the faculty practice arm of the Division of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health. Kasey has been an occupational therapist for over 10 years with an emphasis in neurorehabilitation. He now combines that with advanced certfication in low vision t... Read More

Specialties:

Occupational Therapy

Locations:

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University Campus/Research Park

Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 585-7575
Imaging & Neurosciences Center 729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Map
(801) 585-7575