Slurred speech refers to abnormal coordination of muscles involved in speech and can be aphasia or dysphagia. It is serious but non-specific symptom that can indicated many conditions, including, but not limited to the following:
Severe viral syndromes such as SARS / COVID-19
- Intracranial hypertension (formerly known as pseudotumor cerebri)
- Tay–Sachs disease, and late-onset Tay–Sachs disease (LOTS)
During the ongoing pandemic of Coronavirus disease 2019, if you or your loved ones experience slurred speech, it is considered one of the warning signs when you need to seek immediate medical attention. Even without concern for coronavirus, the symptom of slurred speech does warrant immediate medical attention.