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Worster Drought syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Congenital suprabulbar paresis
  • Suprabulbar paresis congenital
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Worster-Drought syndrome (WDS) is a condition that affects the muscles of the mouth and throat; it is considered a type of cerebral palsy.[1]  The main symptoms of WDS include difficulties with drooling, swallowing and speaking.  Some affected individuals may also have challenges with intelligence, behavior, or seizures.  The cause of WDS is currently unknown, though it is believed that both genetic and environmental factors influence the development of this condition.[2][1]
Last updated: 5/2/2013


  1. Clark M, Carr L, Reilly S, Neville BG. Worster-Drought syndrome, a mild tetraplegic perisylvian cerebral palsy. Review of 47 cases. Brain. 2000; 123:2160-2170. Accessed 5/1/2013.
  2. Clark M, Harris R, Jolleff N, Price K, Neville BG. Worster-Drought syndrome: poorly recognized despite severe and persistent difficulties with feeding and speech. Developmental medicine and child neurology. 2010; 52:27-32. Accessed 5/1/2013.
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