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Can You Get Arm Or Nerve Transplants For Erb Duchenne Paralysis
...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
Can neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury cause als? Or does it only apply to those with nerve disease?
Prob not ALS: Thenar atrophy is normally caused by median mononeuropathy, aka carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes are relatively rare. ALS may cause thenar atrophy, but since if affects multiple nerves and muscles, this should not be the only sign or symptom. Of course, thenar atrophy does not cause ALS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a compressed nerve lead to permanent damage and paralysis? Specifically cervical and right arm. Thanks
There is always that: chance that nerve compression can led to permanent changes -that can occur with a. Acute or sudden onset or in a chronic setting but it is not the usual scenario with most resolving non operatively. If there are significant findings immediately or progressing findings of weakness especially one should consult with an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon for an opinion. ...Read more
Good rehabilitation: A good rehabilitation program will focus in maximizing function of people with paralysis. The exact rehabilitation interventions will depend on the level of injury (the part of the spine affected). Many of my patients have spinal injuries and very productive lives. Things are done differently and they are harder to do but independence and fulfillment are possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does the entire bundle of nerve roots need to be compressed for it to be cauda equina syndrome or can a person have same symptoms with one nerve?
Where weak?: If you have some muscle sore or weakness at the site of injection, that should start to dissipate in 2-3 days after the injections. If you are having weakness in the legs (both of them), have any breathing difficulty or urinary or bowel changes, you need to see a doctor immediately. That could be a rare, though very serious side effect of vaccination. ...Read more
Will doctor operate if both arm and legs are weak astrophy and wasting away even stomach muscle is weak do to a compressed spinal cord or pinch nerve?
Will severe tennis elbow cause your sensory nerve to be slow. The emg show my radial nerve at 26. I'm having tennis elbow surgery soon. Will this help?
See below: These are two separate conditions but have similar symptomatology . Conservative treatment is similar for these conditions. You may want to seek an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in upper extremity conditions to explain the different etiologies(causes) of these conditions. ...Read more
If sacral nerve stimulation don't work, does patient has to catherize for whole life?Aren't there any treatment for blader due to sacral nerve pinched?
Spinal cord stimulator
i have myotonic dystrophy type 2. Can you tell me if this can be used on a person with md? Pros, cons?
Unclear: While your disease process of md may not specifically preclude you from having a spinal cord stimulator placed, the movement disorder you experience may not allow the stimulator to work best in your condition. The lead may not remain in the optimal spot. In addition, with problems like cardiomyopathy, this may not be optimal treatment for you. See a local pain specialist for recommendations. ...Read more
When a nerve in the face is damaged (not severed) does muscle weakness slowly get better or spontaneously work as the nerve heals?
How is a genetic muscle or nerve degeneration (md, sma) process treated or prevented-current; future?
Gene therapy: Though many things have been tried, really not anything that has been proven to do much yet. Given that sma is a genetic disorder with well known muscle protein abnormalities, it seems a great target for gene therapy type treatments, which are being researched. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What tests are needed for spinal nerve root damage/injuries? Damage in neck affecting both hands/arms,but left more than rt.Is this a spinal cord inj?
Nerves do not: Usually grow back but once in a while a peripheral sensory nerve will regenerate. When a nerve is cut we can only hope it will grow back. As for motor neurons - these really do not regenerate but we are trying to use stem cells and other experimental ideas to cause them to regenerate. You can probably do a search on this - spinal cord nerve regeneration as the search terms. ...Read more
Do you consider a person who has paralyzed their dominant arm from the shoulder down to the hand to be disabled?
Yes, no, maybe: "Disabled" has many different meanings, depending on exactly what the question is asking about. There are no perfect humans, which means everyone has some sort of disability or handicap. Of course, we can't call everyone disabled or else the word would become meaningless. Losing use of an arm is a huge handicap but whether or not "the person is disabled" depends on the question's specific details. ...Read more
Can a kid (6 months to 1 year) be injected at ventrogluteal site if care is taken not to damage sciatic nerve or vastus lateralis site is better?
Vastus lateralis : The risk of hitting the sciatic nerve is too great. A 6 mo old does not have enough muscle in his glut anyway. The vastus lateralis has no major nerve or blood vessel that can be damaged and there is more meat there for the injection to be absorbed in. Vl is the only site i would recommend. Good luck. ...Read more
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
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