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What is paralysis?

What is paralysis?

Unable to move: As a general term, it means that nerves and muscles aren't working, and it isn't possible to move. If the spinal cord has been injured, paralysis may be permanent and irreversible. When patients are under anesthesia, certain medications may be used to relax muscles to the point that they are temporarily paralyzed. At the end of surgery, this is reversed and movement returns to normal again. ...Read more

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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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How is paralysis cured?

How is paralysis cured?

Paralysis: physical therapy immediately after stoke, if spasticity developed, Botulism injection followed by pysical therapy, outcome can be variable, depends on cause of paralysis. ...Read more

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What can cause lower paralysis?

Do you mean: ?leg paralysis. We would need more information to be specific, but usual cause might be disorder of spinal cord, although some brain lesions can do so also. If you or someone you know, has leg weakness, this needs to be evaluated rapidly to prevent further damage. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of paralysis?

Weakness: Usually paralysis means feeling weakness or having difficulty moving one of your limbs or muscles. Many times paralysis can happen with a loss of feeling in the affected area if there is sensory nerve involvement. When we talk about paralysis keep in mind that this means weakness lasting for a couple of days at least - not just an arm or leg "falling asleep" after sitting for a while! ...Read more

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What can cause paralysis in a child?

What can cause paralysis in a child?

Paralysis: Trauma, infection, neurologic disease, mitochondrial disorders and masses are a few considerations. ...Read more

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What exactly can cause lower paralysis?

Lower extremity: I believe that you are referring to lower extremity paralysis? This may occur from a compressive lesion (tumor, bone fragments from trauma) that affects the spinal cord. If the arms are ok, this would be in the thoracic or lumbar spine. There may also be infiltrative lesions(tumors) or demyelination (multiple schlerosis) or vascualar lestions (strokes) that can cause these problems. ...Read more

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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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How do you diagnosis permanent paralysis?

See answer below: Permanent paralysis can be assumed based on the severity of a spinal cord injury and the evidence of lack of improvement over time. We usually diagnose spinal cord injuries based on their level and severity, such a t7 complete or t2 incomplete. We do not specify whether we think it is permanent or temporary. ...Read more

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Erb's paralysis is what kind of paralysis?

Erb palsy: Erb's palsy is an injury that typically occurs at birth and involves the nerves of the brachial plexus in the shoulder region. The injury is manifested with weakness in the shoulder and upper arm with the hand and wrist usually working normally. ...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