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what can cause flaccid paralysis?

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Dr. Peter Glusker
Neurology 47 years experience
Flaccid: There are many causes of flaccid (loose) paralysis, starting with motor nerve synaptic malfunction (as in myasthenia), motor nerve damage (as in polio or other disorders), certain spinal cord lesions affecting motor control. Rarely certain regions of the brain can also cause flaccid paralysis or weakness. There are also some metabolic conditions. My suggestion is that you consult a neurologist.

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Can people of any age get cerebral palsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
CP acquired< 3yo: By definition cerebral palsy is related to injury to the developing nervous system befort the 3rd birthday. (pregnancy, labor, delivery or the infancy years). Brain injury after that point is looked on as a different process similar to adult strokes or brain injury defects. The separation is more than random. Infants with CP have a greater recovery potential than adults with similar injuries.
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How long does bell's palsy usually last?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
2-5 wks+/-: Most bell palsy cases will fade within the first 3-4 wks although a percentage (3/20) can have some mild residual weakness &(1/20) may have residual severe facial weakness. I send most of my cases for ENT consult eval early as some rare problems may have similar facial droop.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can you recover from bell's palsy?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
It is possible: It is possible to fully recover from bell's palsy (facial nerve paralysis). Sometimes this happens spontaneously without any medical treatment and other times outcomes are better if your doctor gives you medication (steroids and antivirals). Not infrequently, on closer examination of your facial muscles, your doctor (and you) may notice subtle weaknesses in your face. Others may not notice this.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is hemiplegia paralysis?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Half body weak: Hemiplegia means half the body. Paralysis means inability to move. Following a stroke a person may be paralysed on only one half of the body. Any damage to one side of the brain can result in paralysis of the opposite side of the body.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

I was in the ER and diagnosed with bell's palsy. The doctor told me don't believe anything I read...Nothing helps it to go away. Is there anything?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Perhaps: Bells palsy is an inflammation of the facial nerve. It is usually due to a virus and recovers without treatment. Recovery may be faster with short course steroids. If associated with herpes, Acyclovir may help.

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