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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Paraplegia

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What kind of physical injury could cause a child paraplegia?

What kind of physical injury could cause a child paraplegia?

Seat belt syndrome: A kid that graduates too soon to a seat belt is at tremendous risk of paraplegia in a frontal impact crash.As the body is thrown forward, the belt slides up over the pelvis and compressed the abdominal contents.The shock wave travels back to the spinal cord and bends the vertebrae, often cracking them. The result can include rupture of abdominal organs, immediate paraplegia and a broken back. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Kreienberg
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Paraplegia (Definition)

Paraplegia is an inability to move the legs due to damage ...Read more


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My mom is not yet diagnosed properly even after decompression of spinal cord by removing a mass which caused paraplegia.I hav serum and bone scan rpts?

My mom is not yet diagnosed properly even after decompression of spinal cord by removing a mass which caused paraplegia.I hav serum and bone scan rpts?

Diagnosis: You need to wait for full pathology report. Her physician likely also sent lab work. The results must be obtained before she will have a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for paraplegia caused by a c6-c7 spinal injury?

Is there a cure for paraplegia caused by a c6-c7 spinal injury?

No cure but : Cervical cord injury is very serious. Common causes are accidents from diving into a pool or whiplash from car accident or hyperextension injury during football. Often the spinal cord is crushed or the blood flow to the cord is stopped so that a region of the cord dies off due to injury and/or lack of blood supply. There is no repair for this. Good rehabilitation can recover whats possible. ...Read more

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Paraparisis cause? Its also known as familiar spastic paraplegia?

Paraparisis cause? Its also known as familiar spastic paraplegia?

See below: Paraparesis is a milder form of paraplegia ( which should mean no movement in the lower extremities but is sometimes used synonymously) familial spastic paraplegia is a paraplegia with family history of unknown etiology and is diagnosed when all the other causes have been ruled out. ...Read more

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What can be some hardships with paraplegia?

See below: People with paraplegia face difficulties with mobility and often need wheelchairs to get around. They can suffer from spasms of their legs as well as pain(not everyone). They can have problems feeling their legs which make them susceptible to pressure sores. Some people can have problems with sexual and bowel and bladder problems. Psychological problems like depression are not uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with paraplegia?

See below: Symptoms of paraplegia are paralysis or weakness of the lower extremities. There may also be loss of sensation in the lower extremities. Some people with paraplegia also have something called spasticity which is an increase in muscle tone that can cause stiffness and spasms in the legs. Some people may have problems with normal function of the bowels and bladder some people may have sexual problem. ...Read more

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Can you have paraplegia and also be an amputee?

YES: Paraplegia is the loss of power in the lower extremities usually due to spinal cord (spastic variety) or peripheral nerve and muscle disease (flaccid type) amputee is a person who has had part or the whole of a limb removed this could be due to a variety of causes from vascular disease trauma or cancer. ...Read more

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Whats the different between paraplegia and quadriplegia?

See below: Quadriplegia=weakness or paralysis of all 4 limbs. Paraplegia= weakness or paralysis of the 2 lower extremities. ...Read more

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Can functional magnetic stimulation (fms) help treat paraplegia?

Can functional magnetic stimulation (fms) help treat  paraplegia?

See below: Fms helps preserve muscle bulk in paralyzed muscles. It helps with circulation and joint health. It is not a cure for paraplegia but it is helpful to keep these muscles in good shape for the day (hopefully in the not too distant future) when we have a treatment to cure paralysis. The drawbacks are that is takes time, can tend to be expensive. But if the resources are available, i recommend it. ...Read more

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What are the major differences between paraplegia and quadriplegia?

Arm function: Paraplegia is paralysis of the legs (no movement or feeling). Tetraplegia (quadriplegia is an older term) is paralysis of the arms and the legs. In both, a person has also lost control of bladder and bowels. Both are forms of spinal cord injury or other problem of the cord. Sometimes the loss is incomplete (weakness rather than no muscle function; retention of some feeling). ...Read more

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