Abnormal speech can be a serious warning sign of spinocerebellar ataxia. Although this symptom is more common in later stages, speech issues can happen at any time. The signs of speech impairment associated with this can vary widely within the different types of spinocerebellar ataxia. Some individuals may have breathing problems, which can affect the respiration needed to speak and sound natural.
Phonation is the ability to make certain sounds when talking. This is required to sound out most words and letters so that others can hear and understand them. Phonation problems are common in many different types of this condition when speech becomes affected. They are also sometimes one of the first indicators of abnormal speech when it first becomes noticeable. Slurred speech often occurs when the disease has become more severe. When speech symptoms are present, doctors sometimes use them to measure the disease's severity in patients. However, this can depend on the type.
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