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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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What kind of stroke leaves you with one-sided paralysis?

What kind of stroke leaves you with one-sided paralysis?

Stroke: Likely middle cerebral artery territory--as supplied by the carotid artery. ...Read more

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My 68 yr old dad is having multiple (5-8/24 hrs) short lived (10 min) episodes of one sided paralysis. Its not tia, what else can it be?

My 68 yr old dad is having multiple (5-8/24 hrs) short lived (10 min) episodes of one sided paralysis.  Its not tia, what else can it be?

Focal seizure/TIA: Transient 1 side weakness is either focal seizure or (less likely) tia. An eeg and brain mri/mra may pinpoint the exact area in the brain cauing these symptoms. A neurologist is the best doctor to sort out the diagnosis and recommend treatment hope he is better soon. ...Read more

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Treatment for one-sided paralysis?

Transient?: Hemiplegic migraine can cause temporary "one-sided paralysis", but if this is permanent, it is important to have a full evaluation. Treatment is based on causation. Best to start with a primary care physician and consider neurological consultation. ...Read more

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How does someone get one-sided paralysis?

How does someone get one-sided paralysis?

See answer below: One-sided paralysis can be frequently seen in strokes, and less frequently in hemicord injuries. ...Read more

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What is hemiplegia paralysis?

What is hemiplegia paralysis?

Half body weak: Hemiplegia means half the body. Paralysis means inability to move. Following a stroke a person may be paralysed on only one half of the body. Any damage to one side of the brain can result in paralysis of the opposite side of the body. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have cerebral palsy / hemiplegia?

How to tell if I have cerebral palsy / hemiplegia?

Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy starts from birth. It maybe associated with hemiplegia. The best specialist to evaluate the condition will be a neurologist or a physiatrist. ...Read more

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How do people with mild hemiplegia (cerebral palsy) cope?

Very well!: Mild hemiplegic patients can do very well. They should see an orthopaedist or physiatrist to coordinate their care for physical therapy and bracing (as needed). Some patients will benefit from upper or lower extremity surgery depending on the patient. ...Read more

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Is hemiplegia caused by a porencyphic cyst a type of cerebral palsy?

Is hemiplegia caused by a porencyphic cyst a type of cerebral palsy?

Result not cause: Hemiplegic cerebral palsy is a defect in muscle control that affects only one side of the body. This is often caused by a stroke that damaged the fetal brain in utero. The stroke will leave a region of damaged brain that eventually becomes a porencephalic cyst. The stroke that resulted in the cerebral palsy may never be determined as to cause. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Hemiplegia (Definition)

Hemiplegia is a term describing the inability to move a group of muscles on one side of the body. It is commonly caused by strokes, and may involve muscles of the ...Read more