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What childhood disease causes infantile paralysis?

What childhood disease causes infantile paralysis?

Polio: One of the older names for the neurologic consequences of polio is Infantile Paralysis. It caused the paralysis in some but not all of those who had the illness.There have been some cases of a non-polio paralysis that were reported in the past year in parts of the country. ...Read more

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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Which disease causes infantile paralysis?

Which disease causes infantile paralysis?

Polio: Infantile paralysis is an old term for poliomyelitis, an acute and often devastating viral disease. ...Read more

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Infantile spasms and autism related?

Infantile spasms and autism related?

Not always: Infantile spasms are a specific form of seizure seen in infants that will generally be replaced by other seizures as they get older. Though children with autism are more likely to suffer from seizures, not all of them do. ...Read more

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Is spastic paralysis curable?

No: It is possible to reduce the spasticity to a degree with medications, phyiscal therapy, different treatments like Botox injections, and some fancier treatments like implantable pumps to deliver anti spasticity medication. Unfortunately at this date we do not have a "cure" that can reverse paralysis. I hope we will someday. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of infantile paralysis?

Depends on cause.: There are a number of different causes of infantile paralysis; each can present a little differently. Paralysis, however, refers to loss of muscle function, either localized or generalized, and can be due to muscle or nerve problems. ...Read more

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Whats infantile paralysis mean?

Polio: Infantile paralysis is an old synonym for poliomyelitis, an acute and often devastating viral disease. ...Read more

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Is west syndrome (infantile spasms) hereditary?

Is west syndrome (infantile spasms) hereditary?

Secondarily: Infantile spasms divide broadly into those arising in the context of an identified disorder and those that are not (idiopathic). The spasns themselves are not hereditary, but many of the identified causes can be. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/west_syndrome. ...Read more

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What is a infantile spasm seizure disorder?

What is a infantile spasm seizure disorder?

Very serious disorde: Infantile spasms is a seizure disorder characteristic of the first year of life, usually occurring in the first 6 months of life. The consist of quick bending of the body at the waist, extension of the body or bowing of the head. They are associated with an EEG pattern called hypsarhythmia. 50% of children are neurologically impaired at onset and more than 75% are retarded ultimately. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Spasticity: CP and myoclonus involve over active stretch reflexes. They are caused by release of these reflexes from higher cortical brain control. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dystonia?

Symptoms of dystonia?

Involuntary movement: Dystonia symptoms will vary with type you have. Most frequently there is cramping, or tightening of muscles after heavy use or during stress. Handwriting may worsen after a line or so of writing, a foot may turn inward, head may turn as the neck muscles tighten. ...Read more

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How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

Common: Vocal cord paralysis has numerous causes and can affect speaking, breathing, and swallowing. The left vocal cord is affected twice as often as the right, and females are affected more often than males (3:2). Diagnosis is based on direct visualization. An extensive assessment may be necessary to determine the cause. ...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 is spastic paralysis treated?

How is spastic paralysis treated?

See below: Spastic paralysis is a general term for many condition in the brain or spinal cord that cause weakness or paralysis of the limbs as well as spasticity which causes increased abnormal tone in the muscles. The conditions most often associated with this conditions are brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and sometimes als. There are treatments that can reduce spasticity. ...Read more

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Can cauda equina syndrome with stenosis cause complete paralysis?

Can cauda equina syndrome with stenosis cause complete paralysis?

No: Cauda equina (tail of the horse) is just the end of the spinal cord. If there is spinal stenosis, there can be severe back and butt pain and difficulty standing up straight. There can be pinching of sacral nerves that cause pain down the leg and weakness in the feet. Sometimes bowel and bladder function can be affected. Tethering of the spinal cord may be involved. Paralysis should not occur. ...Read more

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Could anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Could anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Not likely: No one knows for sure what causes it. It is a degenerative neurologic disease a little similar to Parkinson's disease in a comparable area of the brain. The cause may be genetic, viral, though no one really knows. It is very very rare. ...Read more

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Is west syndrome (infantile spasms) a hereditary condition?

Is west syndrome (infantile spasms) a hereditary condition?

INFANTILE SPASMS:: When combined with specific eeg changes of hypsarhythmia- is called west syndrome. 2 types: cryptogenic: when no cause found, and symptomatic: due to prenatal / natal(during delivery) / postnatal insult/injury. Some genetic linkage has been recently found, x-linked inheritance is seen, some familial cases are found. ...Read more

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What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

Numerous causes: Brief list: normal jerks on falling asleep, but problem if it awakens (plms). Associated with epilepsy (juvenile myoclonic), spinal cord inflammation (aid's), following hypoxia (lance-adams), organ failure (kidney, liver), metabolic and medication reactions. Meds that seem to work best here include depakote, keppra, (levetiracetam) and maybe lamictal. Other drugs used in epilepsy, may make worse. ...Read more

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Hypokalemic periodic paralysis what medical condition can this be?

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis what medical condition can this be?

Inherited disorder: Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder that results in occasions temporary paralysis. Large meals can trigger attacks, especially the morning after. Treatment is possible with potassium supplements, or medications. It typical starts in the teens, but life span is usually normal, although persistent weakness may develop over years. It is very rarely fatal if recognized. ...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


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Infantile Paralysis (Definition)

Infantile paralysis, also called polio, is an infection with the poliovirus causing muscle weakness and paralysis. Polio is rare now with vaccination, and paralysis is also an uncommon symptom, affecting only a ...Read more