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A 34-year-old member asked:

How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

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Dr. Gael Yonnet
Neurology 16 years experience
See answer below: Botulinum neurotoxins essentially prevent the release of acetylcholine (neurotransmitter) in the synaptic cleft, thus preventing the trigger of muscle contraction. The paralysis in the skeletal muscle lasts for about 3 months. It lasts up to 9-12 months if used in the detrusor muscle in the bladder. Strength eventually returns when new connections are created between the nerves and the muscles.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Does botulism cause muscle paralysis?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Not really: Botulism usually causes constipation as its first sign, but can also lead to decreased movement, muscle weakness, trouble swallowing, and weak cry, but does not usually lead to full paralysis.
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