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In contrast, when upper motor neurons and their descending tracts (the corticobulbar tracts) are affected, spastic bulbar palsy develops (“spastic” indicating the upper motor neuron dysfunction), as discussed in the section on upper motor neuron dysfunction. When bulbar palsy is present in ALS, it usually is a mixed palsy that consists of a varying mixture of flaccid and spastic components. When the bulbar muscles are affected, examination may reveal weakness in the facial muscles. Patients may not be able to close their eyes tightly or may have difficulty opening and closing their mouth.