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Can an epidural during labor cause paralysis? I'm concerned that having an epidural during labor can cause paralysis. Is there a substancial risk involved?

Can an epidural during labor cause paralysis? I'm concerned that having an epidural during labor can cause paralysis. Is there a substancial risk involved?

Extremely Rare: And even then, the more experienced the anesthesia provider, the less likely such a rare event will occur; 20-30 years can easily pass on a busy labor and delivery ward without either a penetrating injury, an epidural bleed or an abscess happening (causes of paralysis). Have a look at this detailed summary: http://www.Allaboutepidural.Com/main-content/can-i-get-paralyzed-from-epidural. ...Read more

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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


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Follow up ques: minor cp. 1st preg. I'm afraid if i need c/sec i might jerk/jump when epidural needle touches me. So afraid of paralysis. Possible?

Epidural: You do not need a c-section because of cp. The epidural is not placed over the spinal cord but over the nerve roots. Your chance of anything bad happening are not related to the epidural. ...Read more

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Having third baby and want an epidural but I'm scared they will insert it wrong into a vein and paralyse my heart or paralysis. Should I be so worried?

Having third baby and want an epidural but I'm scared they will insert it wrong into a vein and paralyse my heart or paralysis. Should I be so worried?

No: The epidural is an injection into the area around the sac of your spinal cord- not an artery or a vein. This is a routine procedure in the hands of a skilled anesthesiaologist. ...Read more

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What type of anesthesiology works with paralysis-like epidurals?

What type of anesthesiology works with paralysis-like epidurals?

When using an : Epidural for surgery, it is common to deliver a higher concentration of local anesthetic to temporarily numb and paralyze the effected area in order to provide a safe and comfortable surgical experience. Many people add sedation or even a light general anesthetic to optimize the cognitive experience for the patient. ...Read more

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How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

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. ...Read more

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What can cause facial paralysis?

What can cause facial paralysis?

Lots of things: Many problems can cause facial paralysis. It can be congenital, from a tick bite, ear infection, tumor in the face or skull, brain tumor, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc. Most commonly in adults, it is caused by a virus infection of the nerve that provides facial movement. ...Read more

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Can degenerative d d cause paralysis?

Can degenerative  d d  cause paralysis?

Not on own.: The degenerative disc changes are indicative of potential future problems, but could contribute to a spinal stenosis, or if protruded or ruptured, a nerve root compression, with a focal weakness. Severe spinal stenosis, especially in the neck could result in significant leg weakness or eventual paralysis. ...Read more

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What can cause partial facial paralysis?

Bells Palsy Facial N: It is facial palsy caused by dysfunction of 7th cranial nerve called facial nerve.It is caused by an inflammation of facial nerve which in turn causes swelling of the facial nerve and causes the assymetry of face due to inability to controlfacial muscles on affected side other conditions that can cause facial palsy are lymes disease, brain tumour and stroke and that is not called bells palsy. ...Read more

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What diseases can cause facial paralysis?

What diseases can cause facial paralysis?

Don't wait: Facial paralysis should be evaluate immediately. Inflammatory conditions known as bell's palsy can be treated with antiviral medicine and steroids to minimize long term problems. Trauma to the face or skull base can also paralyze. Tumors both benign and cancerous can press on the nerve or even invade the nerve to cause paralysis but fortunately are rare. See an ENT specialist or neurologist. ...Read more

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What is the cause of spasticity in paralysis?

What is the cause of spasticity in paralysis?

Different theories: There are many different theories about what causes spasticity but the best explanation that i can give you is that under normal circumstances there is a balance between excitation and inhibition of muscle tone and movement. When there is injury or disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), there is excess excitation and not enough inhibition and the tone of certain muscles. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a pinched nerve cause paralysis?

Yes: If pinching is severe enough paralysis can occur. If there is weakness in an arm or leg you need the advice of a surgeon. ...Read more

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What is hyperkalemic periodic paralysis? What causes it?

Hereditary disorder: May be associated with thyroid disease, but can be independent, and causes spells of diffuse weakness secondary to increase in potassium which affects both muscle and nerve. Rather rare and needs neuromuscular specialist to manage if present. ...Read more

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If a toxin causes paralysis is it necessarily a neurotoxin?

Not necessarily: Neurotoxins are things toxic to the nervous system. The toxin usually results in an immune response which will cause neurologic problems. Additionally, the toxin itself causes neurologic dysfunction by disruption in the cellular metabolism of the nervous system. Many paralytics are not toxic and as they are metabolized, they wear off without effect. ...Read more

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Is there a condition that can cause occasional facial paralysis?

Yes: There are a few causes of recurrent facial paralysis. Melkersson-rosenthal syndrome, certain viral infections, etc can cause this. ...Read more

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Are there any pressure points that cause temporary paralysis or pain?

Are there any pressure points that cause temporary paralysis or pain?

Pressure points : There are numerous pressure points that when applied cause crippling pain and disable a person. Martial arts have mastered these pressure points to subdue an opponent. Police and military are trained in applying pressure points too. See a local martial arts training facility to learn and understand how to use them effectively. ...Read more

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What checks should be done to find out the causes for facial paralysis.

See a neurologist: A specialist can tell whether the paralysis is central or peripheral in origin The investigations are different but include general physical and blood tests ...Read more

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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more