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Common causes of a clumsy gait?

Common causes of a clumsy gait?

Cervical stenosis : One cause that i see in my clinic is myelopathy from cervical spine or thoracic spine compression. ...Read more

Gait (Definition)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body" . Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, ...Read more


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Explain the condition called sudden loss of coordination (cerebellar ataxia).?

Explain the condition called sudden loss of coordination (cerebellar ataxia).?

Cerebellar Ataxia: Acute cerebellar ataxia is defined as the sudden loss of coordination or abnormal gait due to abnormal function of the cerebellum. Causes are vast, and include tumors, infectious diseases, and genetic (inherited) etiologies. This is best managed by a neurologist (specialist in the nervous system). ...Read more

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What illnesses cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What illnesses cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Some answers: Illnesses that affect the cerebellum and corticospinal tract, or the dorsal columns and corticospinal tract can cause these findings. Stroke is probably the most common, MS is also a possible explanation, there are also others (trauma, infection, neoplastic disease, etc.) ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What are the most common causes of ataxia and hyperreflexia?

The brain: Hyperreflexia is increased reflexes. This is an "upper motor neuron" issue, and comes from diseases of the brain such as multiple sclerosis or a stroke. Cervical spine stenois (tightness) can also cause this bilaterally. Ataxia is incoordination of motor movements. Most commonly this occurs from disease of the cerebellum. These can be acquired (toxins, low b12) and genetic. ...Read more

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Which kind of stroke causes speech loss?

Which kind of stroke causes speech loss?

Several: A stroke that affects broca's area in the dominant hemisphere will affect expressive speech and possibly comprehension. This can be due to ischemic stroke eg a plaque rupture and/or blood clot, hemorrhagic (bleeding) or embolic (drifting blood clot) types of stroke. A stroke of other (posterior) areas may garble the speech but not affect language otherwise. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...Read more

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What's mechanism of action of isoniazid in cerebellar ataxia in multiple sclerosis?

What's mechanism of action of isoniazid in cerebellar ataxia in multiple sclerosis?

Tough to treat: Cerebellar ataxia is a tough problem too control, but Isoniazid is not going to help. In fact, the only drug that has ever seemed useful symptomatically was buspar, and it helped only a small percentage. Better, if you have ms is to immediately treat all relapses, and use a potent disease modifying agent, such as tysabri, (natalizumab) gilenya, or tecfidera, as there is a chance that some problems may reverse. ...Read more

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Experiencing prolonged periods of neuropathy in both hands often resulting in total loss of sensation. diminished range of motion and weakness...

Experiencing prolonged periods of neuropathy in both hands often resulting in total loss of sensation. diminished range of motion and weakness...

Define "total": Please clarify what you mean by "total". I see that you have had CTR. Does "total" mean that ALL THE FINGERS are involved vs the first 3 fingers of either hand? If it's the first "total" then something other than CTS is happening. Given your comment that there is weakness you should see a Neurologist ASAP. On the hand, if your symptoms are confined to the 3 fingers, it may be recurrent CTS ...Read more

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What causes the progression of scoliosis in one's early 20s?

What causes the progression of scoliosis in one's early 20s?

See below.: Scoliosis (a curvature of the spine to the side) often begins around 10 years old;it’s 4-5 times more common in girls than boys. It usually causes no symptoms, but if severe, it can compress the lungs. Because it can continue to progress as long as the spine is growing, your doctor will recheck it regularly. If the curve gets to 20+ degrees, your doctor can recommend an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Explanation: You mention two issues, and at age 23, am surprised at this combination, but b-12 deficiency can result in peripheral nerve and spinal cord problems which may explain many of your symptoms. Sjogren's can mimic ms and also cause a small fibre neuropathy which could explain additional issues. Do not need an ms explanation here, as doubtful you have that also. Suggest neurology eval. ...Read more

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What are the causes for clonus hyperreflexia in both arms and legs. MRI shows no signs of MS or neuron impairment?

What are the causes for clonus hyperreflexia in both arms and legs. MRI shows no signs of MS or neuron impairment?

MRI only tells: .. part of the story. If you have myoclonus and hyper-reflexia, you must establish a strong relationship with a good neurologist in order to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. North of the equator, there are several devastating neurological disorders that cause these symptoms, multiple sclerosis being only one of them. Please get yourself diagnosed quickly. ...Read more

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Is cerebellar ataxia a result of severe head injury?

Is cerebellar ataxia a result of severe head injury?

It can be: Cerebellar ataxia is a description of examination. Causes can be congenital, degenerative, caused by chronic damage from alcohol or dilantin, or associated with structural defects of the cerebellum. It can also be an indication of cerebellar tumor. Many patients following head injury recover with poor coordination and ataxia due to damage to the deep structures of the brain. ...Read more

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What causes a loss of reflexes?

What causes a loss of reflexes?

A lot of things: When ever there is injury to the nerve which supply that mascule the reflex will be down. ...Read more

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What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Here are a few: May see with spinocerebellar degenerations, such a freidrich's ataxia, not unique to find in multiple sclerosis, might see with von hippel lindau syndrome, sometimes occurs with lupus, vasculitis, sjogren's. Occasionally a meningioma at the base of brain can present this way. Some brainstem strokes do this. Might go to wikepedia, or a site such as mayo clinic, as more information in depth there. ...Read more

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Causes of myoclonus?

Causes of myoclonus?

It is a condition: Myoclunus just means jumping or jerking limbs. Usually it is the legs but can be any muscle. At night it may wake you up causing daytime fatigue. It can occur by itself or be part of a number of conditions where nerves in the head are not communicating with the nerves in the spine such as ms, head injury or pinched spinal nerves. Have a neurologist evaluate. ...Read more

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What kind of illness can cause vertigo, leg pain, loss of concentration, ect?

What kind of illness can cause vertigo, leg pain, loss of concentration, ect?

Neurologist: If you have true vertigo associated with loss of concentration and leg pain, it is very unlikely to be inner ear in origin. I would strongly suggest you consult a neurologist. Hypertension, cardiovascular disease also needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Ataxia (Definition)

Ataxia means movements without coordination. People with ataxia have incoordination because the parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are not working properly. Ataxia can be associated with infections, injuries, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxias may be hereditary ...Read more