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What does it mean to have brachial plexus palsy and peripheral nerve injury?

What does it mean to have brachial plexus palsy and peripheral nerve injury?

Related: Peripheral nerve damage is damage to both the nerve and the surrounding tissue since the nervous system is characterized by dependence of neurons on their supporting glia. Brachial plexus dysfunction (brachial plexopathy) is a form of peripheral neuropathy. It occurs when there is damage to the brachial plexus, an area where a nerve bundle from the spinal cord splits into each arm nerve. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

See below: That there is something, bone, disc material, tumor, something reducing the diameter on the spinal canal and causing pressure/compression of the spinal cord and that the compression is acute or rapidly progressing in nature. ...Read more

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Does poreneal neuropathy of the leg mean nerve damage? Emg showed this Have scoliosis, back pain, hard to walk. What can be done about this?

Does poreneal neuropathy of the leg mean nerve damage? Emg showed this Have scoliosis, back pain, hard to walk. What can be done about this?

Peroneal Neuropathy: Your peroneal nerve is a nerve on the outside of your lower leg below the knee. Damage to this nerve can cause weakness of the lower leg and foot, especially bending the foot up. This weakness can cause trouble walking. You can have pain, numbness or tingling on the outside and front of the leg below the knee and foot. Good physical therapy and pain management are a good place to start. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an acute spinal cord injury?

What does it mean to have an acute spinal cord injury?

Nerve damage: An acute spinal cord injury refers to nerve damage involving the spinal cord-- this is the large bundle of nerves that carries impulses to the arms, legs, and trunk for muscle control, as well as relays sensory information from the same areas to the brain for feeling pain, temperature, & other sensations. Cord injury impairs these functions. Severity depends on the extent & location of the injury. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have hand nerve damage?

What does it mean to have hand nerve damage?

Depends on severity: Any nerve in the hand can be damaged, but i presume you refer to the median nerve, which is often pinched in the wrist (carpal tunnel). If decompressed in time, full recovery is possible. If the nerve has been severely entrapped, with loss 90% or more of nerve function, then the loss can be irreversible. Persistent pain, numbness/tingling, & weakness in the pattern of the involved nerve results. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical cord compression?

What does it mean to have cervical cord compression?

It literally means : That there is something pressing on spinal cord in neck or cervical region that may or may not cause symptoms or physical findings. This compression can be due to: degenerative changes, disc herniation, tumor, fracture, infection or hematoma ( blood clot) or spinal deformity. Sometimes there may be no symptoms but there may be changes in the spinal cord on imaging that may need to be addressed. ...Read more

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What is paralysis plexus brachialis? How can it be healed?

What is paralysis plexus brachialis? How can it be healed?

Let me clarify: Are you asking about problems with the brachial plexus. There are many post-traumatic injuries including avulsion of nerve roots. If plexus is pathologically compressed, one could consider surgical decompression. Since the real question is extent and cause of problem, therapy differs. Would a Concierge visit provide adequate direction? ...Read more

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What are the tests needed to know if you have brachial plexus nerve disorder/impingement/compression/pinched/throacic outlet syndorme? and is EMG safe

What are the tests needed to know if you have brachial plexus nerve disorder/impingement/compression/pinched/throacic outlet syndorme? and is EMG safe

EMG/MRI/DxUltrasound: Depending upon the severity, a brachial plexus nerve injury can be assessed using several methods. If there is weakness then an EMG/NCS can be done to localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy. An MRI can localize a lesion and provide additional information about the integrity of the surrounding soft tissue. A diagnostic ultrasound provides real-time imaging of soft tissues. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have chronic cord compression?

What does it mean to have chronic cord compression?

A "squeezed" cord: The spinal cord has less space available then normal due to compression by something (such as a disc herniation, arthritis, tumors, infections, etc.). The word "chronic" implies that this has been going on for a long time and is not a recent problem. Cord compression can be a serious problem with potential paralysis. You should be evaluated by a spinal specialist for this problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have permanent optic neuritis?

What does it mean to have permanent optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: There are two suggestions from your expression "permanent". You may have changes in your optic nerve that are not reversible or you may have multiple sclerosis. It would be best to get the answer from the doctor who used the terminology. ...Read more

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What does it mean i have nerve pinching brain disease?

What does it mean i have nerve pinching brain disease?

Unknown Dialect: Unfortunately, the phrase you're using is one that as this neurologist is concerned doesn't really strike a chord. I know what "nerve pinching" could mean. I know what brain disease is...but hybridizing those 2 takes it out of my recognition radar. My apologies. Got a description of the symptoms involved per chance? If you'd like to tell me in a private word: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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If horner's is avulsion at c8-t1 of brachial plexus, what does it have to do with the sympathetic chain?

If horner's is avulsion at c8-t1 of brachial plexus, what does it have to do with the sympathetic chain?

review horner's: Horner's is not, as you say, "avulsion of c8-t1 of brachial plexus." it is a syndrome of loss of sympathetic innervation to the neck/face. Injuries involving lower proximal brachial plexus can also disrupt the sympathetic fibers here. But other things can cause horner's syndrome, too, like carotid artery dissection or a pancoast tumor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have inflammation of the root of a spinal nerve?

Problem xitng spine: Nerves branch off in bundles from the spinal cord & exit thru an opening between the vertebrae.This is the nerve root. The opening itself is subject to narrowing or irritation from arthritis or various illnesses as are the tissues nearby. Nerve bundles are surrounded bu flexable tissue that can be compressed by the swelling nearby and end up choking off some of the nerve activity. ...Read more

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Spinal injury with finger numbness. How does that happen?

Spinal injury with finger numbness. How does that happen?

Nerve damage: Sensation in the body is governed by nerve cells which run from the spine all the way to the tips of the fingers. That is why damage to the spine can affect sensation even in a finger tip. In general, the further away from the central nervous system (spine and brain) an injury occurs, the easier it is for it to heal. A spinal disc, pressing on a nerve, can be removed to help in some cases. ...Read more

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Lip and chin partially numb, how a emg can know what nerve is injured?

Lip and chin partially numb, how a emg can know what nerve is injured?

It cannot: However, there are trigeminal somatosensory evoked potential tests that can be done, and effectively look at the difference from one side to the other. Emg is often used as a term that is inclusive of this part of testing, as well. ...Read more

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What causes bell's palsy? I know its caused by a pinched nerve, im asking what causes the nerve to become pinched?

What causes bell's palsy? I know its caused by a pinched nerve, im asking what causes the nerve to become pinched?

Bell's palsy...: ...usually is not due to a "pinched" nerve at all. The usual cause of Bell's palsy is a herpes infection (herpes simplex virus type 1, i.e. HSV1) involving the facial nerve. Presumably you are under a doctor's care for the problem? If not, see a doctor right away. If you are, keep in touch with that doctor's office. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had an nerve test and emg done on both arms. Nerve on inside of left elbow would not responde to the stimulation. What does that mean and causes?

Had an nerve test and emg done on both arms. Nerve on inside of left elbow would not responde to the stimulation. What does that mean and causes?

Pinched nerve: The nerve on the inside of the elbow (ulnar nerve) can get pinched in the elbow as it goes thru a bony groove in that area. Depending on what symptoms were present prior to the test treatment will vary. Severe cases require surgical decompression. Discuss these results with your physician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about spinal cord compression, radiculopathy and brachial neuritis. what I would like to know i?

Can you tell me about spinal cord compression, radiculopathy and brachial neuritis. what I would like to know i?

Radiculopathy : Spinal cord compression is often caused by a combination of a herniated disc and bone spurs (osteophytes). Radiculopathy is a compression of the nerve root as it exits the spinal canal. Brachial neuritis (Parsonage Turner Syndrome) is inflammation of the nerves that have already exited the spinal canal but have not reached their target muscle group. ...Read more

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


Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more