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Is temporary paralysis possible after having spinal injury?

Is temporary paralysis possible after having spinal injury?

Sometimes temporay: Sometimes injury causes spine "shock" or swelling and paralysis may resolve when it goes away. A little healing may occur even in severe cases and a cord only crushed a little may improve on its own or after decompression surgery of bone, ruptured disk tumor or whatever else might be crushing it. High dose steroids a given early give it a better chance. Rehabilitation also may help greatly. ...Read more

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Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after spinal fusion?

Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after spinal fusion?

Yes: Any type of material : disc, blood, bone, fat, pus, tumor etc. that compresses a nerve root / roots or the spinal cord can leave a range of symptoms or findings from pain, sensory changes, weakness or paralysis, bowel/bladder dysfunction, balance issues as examples. ...Read more

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Is there a risk of paralysis after spinal fusion? I'm worried about accidental paralysis after spinal fusion. Is this a risk? .

Is there a risk of paralysis after spinal fusion? I'm worried about accidental paralysis after spinal fusion. Is this a risk?

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Yes, but unlikely: There is a risk of any surgery, and the risk includes paralysis as well as death. However, the risk is very small. Just like there is a risk of dying in a car wreck every time you drive. This just shows how important it is to attempt any alternative to surgery, and only go forward with surgery as the last resort. ...Read more

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I have some weakness from facial paralysis due to a traumatic accident in 2009(longitudinal fracture). Is it possible for a complete recovery?

I have some weakness from facial paralysis due to a traumatic accident in 2009(longitudinal fracture). Is it possible for a complete recovery?

Not by waiting: After about 1 year, there is not much chance of further recovery of facial function. If it looks like the symmetry is improving, that is probably from muscle shortening of the facial muscles over time. See a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in this problem for reconstruction options. There are some great options for you! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Temporary Agnosia after a traumatic incident (besides that cause by a stroke)?

Is it possible to have Temporary Agnosia after a traumatic incident (besides that cause by a stroke)?

Yes it is: possible, with most brain injuries even with a concussion. Closed head injuries especially can cause temporary agnosia with some permanent sequelae as brain cells do not regenerate like most of the rest of the body. Please see a board certified neurologist ASAP for diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Is neuroregeneration is possible after an traumatic injury in leg.

Is neuroregeneration is possible after an traumatic injury in leg.

It depends: There are different types of nerve injury regeneration depends upon an intact nerve sheath as well as the extent of crush injury to a nerve but it is possible for there to be degenerative nerve growth . It's important to receive physical therapy during the period of time we are waiting for recovery. ...Read more

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How often is paralysis certain after spinal cord injuries?

How often is paralysis certain after spinal cord injuries?

Variable: Kind of the luck of the draw. Sometimes the cord can be bruised with near complete recovery. There are multiple factors: level of the injury, violence of the injury, etc. Impossible to predict in advance. ...Read more

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After brain tumor surgery, is that going to cause a permanent amnesia?

After brain tumor surgery, is that going to cause a permanent amnesia?

Location: It depends on the location of the tumor. If the tumor is close to memory centers then amnesia might happen, otherwise, if tumor is located in the motor center or sensory center of the brain then brain surgery might affect motion, sensation, speech etc based on the area affected. Always consult with neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Can anyone have "nerve damage" pain after a past spinal fusion surgery?

Can anyone have "nerve damage" pain after a past spinal fusion surgery?

Yes: Failed back surgery syndrome ihappens in up to 1/3 of back surgery (and neck surgery patients). Injury to nerves during surgery happens in some of these cases. ...Read more

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Is it possible to *completely reverse* complete loss of cervical lordosis (leading to spondylosis) without any accident / sudden trauma?

Is it possible to *completely reverse* complete loss of cervical lordosis (leading to spondylosis) without any accident / sudden trauma?

You are young for : You were too young for the diagnosis of cervical spondylosis. This is some of the process, and you will need an evaluation to a diagnose what it is. I One have your physician have you see a rheumatologist, because what you suggest may mean that you have an inflammatory process. ...Read more

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I had a disc operation and have permanent. Nerve damage.. Could this cause ms?

I had a disc operation  and have permanent. Nerve damage.. Could this cause ms?

NO: Do you have a diagnosis of ms? The surgery and nerve complications have nothing to do with ms, and would be an unfortunate co-morbidity. If you have ms, find a neurologist who concentrates in this area, and get onto a potent medicine. ...Read more

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How common or uncommon is facial nerve paralysis after a Cholesteatoma operation please?

How common or uncommon is facial nerve paralysis after a Cholesteatoma operation please?

Interesting: Already answered this myself a number of hours ago and saw 2 other responses from other colleagues as well...but I'll take another shot at it for BONUS POINTS! LOL. This is a rare but well known possible risk with this type of surgery. Intraoperative monitoring as well as careful surgical dissection avoids the complication. Stated statistic is about 1/500 cases result in facial nerve problem. ...Read more

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Could you possibly regain movement in paralyzed limbs after a traumatic brain injury?

Could you possibly regain movement in paralyzed limbs after a traumatic brain injury?

Yes: This would depend on the location and extent of the injury. I also believe that your questions implies there is no concurrent spinal cord injury. Injury to the brain can afffect specific cortical regions (ie. Motor) and fiber tracts. The patient can recover as the contusions resolves over time. Intense rehabilitation may help the patient regain some of his movement. ...Read more

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How long can a severely pinched nerve from cervical surgery and loss of use of arm take to heal after surgery before nerve becomes permanent damage?

How long can a severely pinched nerve from cervical surgery and loss of use of arm take to heal after surgery before nerve becomes permanent damage?

Long term: Nerves can be damaged very quickly and can take years to repair themselves, unfortunately, sometimes no recovery takes place from my experience , if recovery occurs there is some evidence of improvement in first 2-3 months after injury. ...Read more

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Is c4-5 disc herniation related to lower limb paraesthesia? How long does it take for paraesthesias to get to normal after artificial disc replacement

Is c4-5 disc herniation related to lower limb paraesthesia? How long does it take for paraesthesias to get to normal after artificial disc replacement

Yes, it can.: A c4-5 disc herniation can cause compression of the spinal cord leading to lower limb symptoms including pain, numbness, and weakness. Assuming there is no longer any pressure on your spinal cord, it can take as long as one year (or even longer) for symptoms to improve. Weakness and numbness typically take the longest to return. Some symptoms may even be permanent even after surgery. ...Read more

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What complications can result from having a spinal block or epidural?

What complications can result from having a spinal block or epidural?

Many: But they rarely happen. Infection at site of needle puncture or tissues surrounding the spinal nerves (arachnoiditis). Headache is there is spinal fluid leakage and this can be addressed. Extremely rare is damage to nerves. Sterile technique is important as well as an experienced and well trained anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Is it true that a spinal epidural can cause permanent weakness or numbness in the legs?

Is it true that a spinal epidural can cause permanent weakness or numbness in the legs?

It should not: Please consult immediately with your anesthesiologist if you have a problem. If this is an acute change, you should go to the er right away. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain after a surgical spinal fusion?

Is it normal to have pain after a surgical spinal fusion?

Depends: Definitely immediately after surgery, most patients will have surgical pain which gradually improves with time. However, if you are still having significant or new/different pains months after the surgery, you should definitely have re-evaluation to assess the hardware, the fusion, other levels in your spine, pinched nerves, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more


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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more