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Inability to speak Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Inability to speak. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. History may have to be obtained from relatives or friends
  2. How long have you had the inability to speak?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic. If acute in onset may suggest a stroke, or if there is a fever may suggest cerebral abscess or onset of acute encephalitis. A gradual onset may suggest a brain tumor or arteriovenous malformation.

  3. Is it intermittent?

    Why: Intermittent inability to speak may suggest epilepsy, transient ischemic attacks or migraine.

  4. Can you speak only in whispers?

    Why: suggests paralysis of both vocal cords.

  5. Risk factors for stroke?

    Why: e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, atrial fibrillation, family history of early stroke.

  6. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: major risk factor for stroke.

  7. Headache?

    Why: may suggest migraine, brain tumor or arteriovenous malformation.

  8. Dementia?

    Why: may suggest Alzheimer's disease.

  9. Hoarseness?

    Why: see the various causes of hoarseness.

  10. Inspiratory stridor?

    Why: may suggest paralysis of both vocal cords.

  11. Symptoms of stroke?

    Why: e.g. difficulty with speaking, difficulty with swallowing, visual field defects, cranial nerve palsies, weakness of the leg on the same side, spasticity of affected limbs.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Inability to speak:

The following list of conditions have 'Inability to speak' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Inability to speak:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Inability to speak' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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