How is dysarthria diagnosed?

The doctor will take a thorough medical history and do a complete physical exam. A speech-language pathologist may also see the patient to help determine how severe the problem is. The caregivers will test the patient’s ability to breathe and to move his or her lips, tongue, and face.

Other tests may include:

  • MRI or CT scans of the neck and brain
  • Electromyography (tests of the electrical function of the muscles and nerves)
  • An evaluation of the patient’s ability to swallow and speak
  • Blood tests

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/25/2017.


  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dysarthria. Accessed 10/25/2017.
  • Merck Manual. Dysarthria. Accessed 10/25/2017.

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