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Doctor insights on: Paraplegia And Social Issues

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Dr. Paul Kreienberg
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Paraplegia (Definition)

Paraplegia = full or complete paralysis of ...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?

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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Postive babiniski sign after car accident and paraplegia can improved?

Postive babiniski sign after car accident and paraplegia can improved?

This has many : This has many variables including how long ago the accident was, was the spinal injury complete or incomplete, whether the spine remains stable or unstable, was the spinal cord decompressed if compressed in the first place and the age and health of the patient. A babinski sign does not predict prognosis. An incomplete spinal cord injury may improve with time. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between paraplegia and quadriplegia, if any?

What's the main difference between paraplegia and quadriplegia, if any?

Number of limbs: "plegia" is a term meaning weakness or paralysis. Paraplegia refers to involvement of both legs. This is the more common form of cerebral palsy. Quadriplegia means that all four limbs are involved. This is the most severe form of cerebral palsy. Paraplegia is often not associated with mental retardation or epilepsy, while quadriplegia is almost always associated with both. ...Read more

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What is spastic paraplegia?

What is spastic paraplegia?

See below: Paraplegia refers to weakness or paralysis of the lower extremities. Spastic refers to the tone of the muscle which is abnormally increased. Spastic paraplegia occurs when there is damage to either the spinal cord, brain or both. There are many causes including trauma, infections, vascular problems, and toxins. ...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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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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Are there treatments for paraplegia?

Yes: Depending on severity, adaptive devices may well be available. Many pts can use wheelchairs, and some paraplegic veterans have actually done races, using ultralight chairs. Bracing systems may help, rehabilitation programs teach a variety of coping styles. Meds for spasticity are available. Stem cell research is proceeding. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for paraplegia?

See below: Paraplegia means weakness or paralysis of the lower extremities. Paraplegia can be caused by injuries to the spinal cord caused by trauma , infections, tumors and other less common causes. The treatment depends on the cause. If the cause is trauma, often the treatment will initially consist of high dose steroids as well as cooling of the body temperature to decrease further damage. ...Read more

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What is the definition of spastic paraplegia?

What is the definition of spastic paraplegia?

SPASTIC DIPLEGIA: Spastic paraplegia means weakness in all four limbs, but legs are weaker than the arms, spasticity will be more obvious in legs rather than arms, spastic paraplegia or also called diplegia is common in premature babies who have complication of prematurity like intraventricular hemmorhage which leads to white matter changes around the midline in the brain which controls the motor function of the le. ...Read more

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What is the definition of hereditary spastic paraplegia?

Genetic?: Hereditary spastic pareplegia is the name given to a mainly motor disability often in lower extremities slowly progressive with a geographical distribution.The condition often does not cause sensory or bladder problems and all tests including mri, CSF studies B12 levels etc are normal some of these cases have antibodies to htlv 1 viruses in the blood or cerebrospinal fluid. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about spastic paraplegia? How dangerous is it?

If your question is : about an Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, please specify age of onset of symptoms, clinical course thus far & results of genetic testing. Progression of symptoms depends on the type, as you can see on this site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1509/. It has medical terminology, but you can get an idea of the different types & different patterns of inheritance. ...Read more

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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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Intense depression over paraplegia and personal life, what do you recommend I do?

Intense depression over paraplegia and personal life, what do you recommend I do?

Intense depression: Should be treated ASAP! Many treatments are available. The most important thing is that you reach out to a health professional, & let them know about ur depressive feelings ASAP so u can begin to work together on a plan that will allow you to regain hope. Find a provider you feel comfortable with. Tx options include talk tx, medication, group tx & many more. The first step is tough, but worth it! ...Read more

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Is cauda equina syndrome an incomplete paraplegia?

Is cauda equina syndrome an incomplete paraplegia?

No : It is a loss of bowel and bladder function of variable degree along with sensory changes in the "saddle" or sitting region of your body. ...Read more

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Will adult congenital kyphosis lead to paraplegia?

Kyphosis: It really depends on how progressive or how fast the kyphosis is increasing. A consultation with a spine surgeon could likely give you an answer. ...Read more