Progressive bulbar palsy
|Progressive bulbar palsy|
|Classification and external resources|
Progressive bulbar palsy (PBP) is a medical condition. It belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases. PBP is a disease that attacks the nerves supplying the bulbar muscles. These disorders are characterized by the degeneration of motor neurons in the cerebral cortex, spinal cord, brain stem, and pyramidal tracts. This specifically involves the glossopharyngeal nerve (IX), vagus nerve (X), and hypoglossal nerve (XII).
This disorder should not be confused with pseudobulbar palsy or progressive spinal muscular atrophy. The term Infantile progressive bulbar palsy is used to describe progressive bulbar palsy in children. Some neurologists consider this disorder to be a subset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but others disagree with that classification.