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Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Muscle Weakness (Definition)

Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from ...Read more


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What could cause hypotonia in toddlers?

What could cause hypotonia in toddlers?

Many things: Hypotonia can be due to a neurologic disorder present from birth, it can be due to an acute illness, drugs and toxic exposures, etc.. The specific answer in one child will depend the circumstances and all the other details of what's going on with that child. ...Read more

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Does involuntary head shaking of a baby related to teething?

Does involuntary head shaking of a baby related to teething?

NO: Teething does not cause involuntary head movement. Usually child will put fingers or other objects in their mouths when teething. This sounds like something that should be evaluated by your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are leads to of bloody bowel movements in newborn babies?

Could you tell me what are leads to of bloody bowel movements in newborn babies?

Common things...: Many things can cause this including anal fissures, an allergy, or something more complicated. If your baby has a bloody bowel movement, this is definitely a reason to make an appointment with the pediatrician. Bring in the bloody diaper as well. Take note of how baby is eating, acting and if there is a fever (best to not check this rectally since we aren't sure where the blood is coming from). ...Read more

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Baby was born with lack of oxygen. What complications can this cause?

Baby was born with lack of oxygen. What complications can this cause?

Asphyxia: The lack of oxygen called asphyxia. It may cause injury to the brain and other organs. The neonatologist, who is taking care of the baby, should explain to you how bad it is. ...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 causes fussiness in newborns?

What causes fussiness in newborns?

Many reasons: There are many reasons for a fussy newborn. Colic starts about a month of age, esophageal reflux can cause this, sometimes they are just fussy. However, there can be some very concerning reasons such as an infection. It is best to see your doctor about this.. ...Read more

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What does cause hypoglycemia in newborn children?

What does cause hypoglycemia in newborn children?

Hypoglycemia: There are many causes of hypoglycemia in a newborn, with the most common being a rebound low blood sugar for an infant born to a diabetic mother. In the Unites States, there are specific nursery protocols to watch closely for hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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What can cause muscle pain, twitching and atrophy in the arms and legs that is worsening in less then 1 years time?

What can cause muscle pain, twitching and atrophy in the arms and legs that is worsening  in less then 1 years time?

Muscle Twitching: Biggest concern would be for a motor neuron disease. An example would be lou gerhing's disease or als. I would definitely have this evaluated. Start with your primary care provider, a neurologist, or physiatrist. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a swollen stomach, vomiting and general body weakness?

What is the cause of a swollen stomach, vomiting and general body weakness?

Pregnancy?: Swollen stomach can be due to pregnancy which could lead to vomiting (morning sickness). Without adequate hydration & nutrition, you could also feel general body weakness. Of course, anemia from pregnancy could also do this. Best to check w/your doctor. If you're pregnant, there are many other causes for your symptoms which must be evaluated by your doctor so you still have to go see her/him. ...Read more

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I sometimes jump in my sleep causing the muscles to contract in my arms. Can this jumping issue cause a loss of muscle mass?

I sometimes jump in my sleep causing the muscles to contract in my arms. Can this jumping issue cause a loss of muscle mass?

No it is usually-: -due 2 Ur being close 2 Bng awake & sleep,. Ur muscles relax in sleep so U do not act out Ur dreams. U jerk because U awaken & Ur muscles tonight up 2 their normal tone. In sleep ur body is essentially paralyzed by the brain, people who R not, is an example of a true sleep walker, who does not recall the events or why he awoke where he is. ...Read more

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What could be the cuase of my newborns tremors and tightness in his arms and also sleeplessness?

What could be the cuase of my newborns tremors and tightness in his arms and also sleeplessness?

Baby movements: Babies are born with a nervous system under construction.Refinements continue well into the 20's. Newborns move their arms and legs randomly, until several months of age when they gain purposeful movements. Stretching and stiffening can be primitive reflexes triggered by movement or sound.Newborns also do not understand sleep, or work for it.They often fight slumber to avoid missing events. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between infantile spams and other types of infantile seizures and normal jerky movements caused by strong reflexes? Scared!

How to differentiate between infantile spams and other types of infantile seizures and normal jerky movements caused by strong reflexes? Scared!

West Syndrome has: clusters of brief flexor or extensor contractions ( spasms) with a distinct EEG pattern ,often with developmental regression. Baby's neurologist will tell you after evaluation. ~50% have a congenital cause like cortical maldevelopment , metabolic syndromes or genetic syndromes. . Any brain pathology increases risk of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Tuberous Sclerosis often causes West Sx. & ASD. ...Read more

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I have a newborn baby. What are the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

I have a newborn baby. What are the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

SIDS: Some risks involved is the baby sleeping on their bellies, co-sleeping, not getting vaccinated, bumpers in the crib, etc. Here is a link from the AAP for further info http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Expands-Guidelines-for-Infant-Sleep-Safety-and-SIDS-Risk-Reduction.aspx ...Read more

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What is something that could cause numbness and slight muscle weakness through my body?

What is something that could cause numbness and slight muscle weakness through my body?

So many things: There are so many things that could produce these very non specific symptoms. It really would not be responsible for me to list them here. It would be best to see your doctor and discuss your symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes muscle weakness in polio?

What causes muscle weakness in polio?

See below: The polio virus attacks the nerves in the spinal cord that supply the muscles. Called motor nerves. Polio does not affect the nerves that deal with sensation. When the nerves die due to the polio virus, the muscles tend to wither and that is what causes the weakness. Post polio syndrome can occur 30-40 years later with new symptoms of weakness and fatigue. It is not a reactivation of the virus. ...Read more

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What causes sudden loss of muscle control in hands?

What causes sudden loss of muscle control in hands?

May be neurological: Loss of muscle control can be due to problems in the brain or the nerves that control the particular muscles. A primary care doctor and a neurologist can evaluate to see where the problem is (the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves in the arms/hands, the muscles, etc...). Some disorders affect only one part of the body, while other diseases are generalized, affecting many muscles. ...Read more

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Could low amniotic fluid in utero cause problems for the baby after delivery?

Could low amniotic fluid in utero cause problems for the baby after delivery?

Depends on cause: Babies don't need kidneys much during pregnancy because the placenta does that job.They do make pee that ends up as amniotic fluid. The right amount of fluid creates extra volume in the womb that pushes back against the muscular womb & allows the lungs to develop.(important) Things that stop or limit fluid formation includes absent kidneys or blockage in the outflow. Such defects can be a problem ...Read more

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Can cardiomyopathy in mother cause severe jaundice and low hemoglobin in 19 day old infant?

Can cardiomyopathy in mother cause severe jaundice and low hemoglobin in 19 day old infant?

Not likely: It appears your child has some kind of a hemolytic process going on. You need the immediate help of a pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Weak Muscles (Definition)

Muscle weakness can be described as either a perceived or measurable loss in muscle strength. This loss can be due to host of conditions, including but not limited to, age, ...Read more