Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bulbar and pseudobulbar palsy mnemonic

Hello! This is a mini post on bulbar and pseudobulbar palsy.

Bulbar palsy is the paralysis of the muscles supplied by the cranial nerves coming out from the bulb also known as the medulla (Cranial nerves 9, 10, 12) and it is lower motor neuron palsy.

Pseudobulbar palsy is paralysis of the same cranial nerves but the upper motor neuron type. Mostly due to lesions in the brain.

Mnemonic: pseUdo has a U for UMN lesion.

That's all!


  1. Emotional disturbance in the form of inappropriate crying,laughter is an inportant feature of pseudobulbar palsy whereas it is absent in bulbar palsy :-)


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