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What is the definition of spastic paraplegia?

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Dr. Mohammad Homsi answered

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SPASTIC DIPLEGIA: Spastic paraplegia means weakness in all four limbs, but legs are weaker than the arms, spasticity will be more obvious in legs rather than arms, spastic paraplegia or also called diplegia is common in premature babies who have complication of prematurity like intraventricular hemmorhage which leads to white matter changes around the midline in the brain which controls the motor function of the le.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Paralysis: Paraplegia means bilateral leg paralysis, and spasticity is a knife clasp catching due to increased tone in the paralyzed legs. This can be very painful and challenging to control, and is far worse if due to spinal cord issues.

Answered 11/18/2012

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