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What are the differences between spastic and flaccid paralysis?
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Dr. Jonathan Dissin answered
38 years experience in Neurology
Amount of tone: The difference between the two is the tone in the limbs. In spastic paralysis the tone is increased, the upper limb is flexed the fingers contracted. The lower limb is somewhat stiff and may support ambulation. In flaccid paralysis tone is markedly reduced. The arm when held up drops, as does the leg; no resistance against gravity. The leg will not support ambulation even with an assistive device.
Answered on May 18, 2018
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