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What are the major differences between paraplegia and quadriplegia?

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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Dr. Ian Stein
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Quadriplegia (Definition)

Quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso; paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation ...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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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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What is the difference between quadriplegia, and hemiplegia?

What is the difference between quadriplegia, and hemiplegia?

4 vs 2: Quadriplegia means that all four of a person's limbs are not functioning at full capacity, whereas in hemiplegia, only two are affected. ...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 type providers will I need to see if I have quadriplegia?

What type providers will I need to see if I have quadriplegia?

See below: Depending on the cause of the quadriplegia, the providers that might be involved could be a neurosurgeon, neurologist, physiatrist (rehab specialist), rehab nurses, respiratory, physical and occupational therapists, case managers, social worker, psychologist. The rehabilitation of quadriplegia requires a team approach. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for quadriplegia?

Appropriate care: Most patients with quadriplegia were either born with brain injury or acquired it due to injury or infection. Once the injury occurs, there is little more to do other than provide appropriate therapy and care. Most patients have trouble with bowel and bladder control, and some have breathing problems and need special respiratory support. Most important is to avoid complications. ...Read more

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What are the causes of spastic quadriplegia?

What are the causes of spastic quadriplegia?

Cerebral palsy: Quadreplegic cerebral palsy is the most common type, it is a static brain injury due to a sigifican injury to the brain like hypoxia and trauma, the most common cause in early life is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy which occurred pernatally, around the time of delivery, exam showed increased muscle tone and brisk reflexes also with microcephaly and developmental delay. ...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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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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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 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 other symptoms accompany quadriplegia?

See below: It depends on the level of the spinal cord injury. If the injury occurs at or above the third cervical level, the person will not have any control over their breathing and will need to be on a respirator. Below c3-4 most can breath on their own but will have very weak coughs and are prone to pneumonia.Pressure sores on th skin due to inability to feel pressure or move, bowel and bladder paralysis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: quadriplegia?

Loss of control of 4: Quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso; paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation and control are lost. ...Read more

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What is spastic bilateral quadriplegia?

Jibberish: Patients who have spasticity can be described in many ways. Hemiplegia means that half of the body is involved. Diplegia means two limbs - usually the legs - are involved. Quadriplegia means that all four limbs are involved. Some doctors use the term of bilateral hemiplegia for patients with both sides of the body involved but one side more than other - bilateral quadriplegia does not exist. ...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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What do you suggest if my son has quadriplegia he has bat muscel spasm.what to do about it .is there a medication?

What do you suggest if my son has quadriplegia he has bat muscel spasm.what to do about it .is there a medication?

Yes!: There are medications and treatments available to help reduce spasticity that results from chronic neurologic diseases such as cerebral palsy, etc. A pediatric neurologist would be the best person to consult with. Good luck! ...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

Dr. Paul Kreienberg
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Paraplegia (Definition)

Paraplegia = full or complete paralysis of ...Read more