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Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Overview)

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, infection, congenital issues, etc.


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Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Overview)

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, infection, congenital issues, etc.


Dr. Amir Khan
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Does a spinal cord injury always mean paralysis?

No: Fortunately, not all spinal cord injuries cause paralysis. Milder versions of the injury may simply contuse the cord and may result in little to no neurologic deficits. Other more severe injuries may severley bruise or sever the cord causing a spectrum of neurologic deficits based on location and type of injury. Full recovery is less likely with severe injuries. ...Read more

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I was born with like a case of facial paralysis. What is it really called. Is it treatable?

I was born with like a case of facial paralysis. What is it really called. Is it treatable?

Moebius?: Congenital facial nerve paralysis is called moebius syndrome. (this may be what you have, although it is specific and rare.) it is caused by underdevelopment of cranial nerves vi and vii. There are no real cures for this, but there are some maneuvers to deal with the effects of the paralysis. Craniofacial centers are specialized centers that can be important resources. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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How do they treat all types of paralysis?

Wow!: There are multiple causes for paralysis, including trauma, tumors, infections, toxins, multiple sclerosis, muscle diseases , degenerative diseases, spinal cord compressions, etc. They did not provide me enough space for explanations of how to treat all of these conditions, but you might request that I do a several hour lecture. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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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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Dr. James Sidman
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What is the best weight for the eyelid when treating facial paralysis caused by a blood clot on facial nerve?

What is the best weight for the eyelid when treating facial paralysis caused by a blood clot on facial nerve?

It depends.: The weight for each person is different. The weight must be heavy enough to close the eye completely, but not so heavy that it causes partial eye closure when the person wants the eye open. Different weights are tested on each eye before the surgery to determine the best weight to implant. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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Best treatment for facial paralysis?

Steroids&antoviral d: Treatment of bells palsy is to start oral Prednisone and antiviral drugs.The antiviral drugs should be started as soon as the symptoms appear to be effective.Most people recover completely without any ill effects beside the meds you need to keep the affected eye lubricated as there is inability to close the eye on affected side, use artificial tears regularly or use a patch to prevent drying eye. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Glusker
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What treatments exist for flaccid paralysis?

Flaccid: There are many causes of flaccid (loose) paralysis, starting with motor nerve synaptic malfunction (as in myasthenia), motor nerve damage (as in polio or other disorders), certain spinal cord lesions affecting motor control. Rarely certain regions of the brain can also cause flaccid paralysis or weakness. There are also some metabolic conditions. My suggestion is that you consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Johnson
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I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

Cure 4 paralysis?: In sept issue cell, a stem cell line called nsi-566 (neuralstem) was successfully used to regenerate transected spinal cords in mice, with over 57% take of grafted cells. Multiple axons were generated which covered 17 spinal segments and formed reciprocal synaptic connectivity in grey matter. Neuralstem has applied for a trial to treat chronic spinal cord injury, and thereafter likely for acute. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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