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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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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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How to help my sister who is affected with cerebal palsy, spastic quadriplegia caused by intracranial hemorrh?

Interdisciplinary: The best way to help someone with spastic quadriplegia is with a interdisciplinary approach. She should have a primary care provider who will oversee her general medical issues. A physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) specialized in pediatric rehabilitation will be the most beneficial if issues arise. ...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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My son has quadriplegia. He has bad muscle spasms. Any medications he can take?

My son has quadriplegia. He has bad muscle spasms. Any medications he can take?

Many options: There are many options for your son and his muscle tone. A pediatric neurologist can help you with this. ...Read more

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If someone has muscle spasms when he has quadriplegia, what medications can he take?

If someone has muscle spasms when he has quadriplegia, what medications can he take?

Spasticity: Usually this represents secondary spasticity and many meds can be chosen, such as baclofen, tizanidine, but also Botox. Physical therapy is very useful. Work with your neurologist. ...Read more

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What's quadriplegia definition?

See below: Quad- 4
plegia-weakness
weakness or paralysis of all 4 limbs. ...Read more

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How is quadriplegia diagnosed at first?

How is quadriplegia diagnosed at first?

See below: Quadriplegia which means weakness or paralysis in all 4 limbs is a descriptive term only. It does not explain what caused the quadriplegia. Conditions that affect the brain and spinal cord can cause quadriplegia and this can happen from trauma, infections, autoummune conditions like multiple sclerosis and many others. The diagnosis is first made with the history and physical examination. ...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 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's the different between paraplegia and quadriplegia?

What's 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 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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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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The muscles in my lower back have been spasming for a couple hours now without pain. What could be the cause?

The muscles in my lower back have been spasming for a couple hours now without pain. What could be the cause?

Back pain: The spasm in the back can be due to lot of reasons, it is mostly seen with back sprain or other related musculoskeletal issues. You can use heating pad, over the counter topical cream such as bengay or asper cream. If symptoms persist then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I got into an accident and it caused a mild whiplash which has lead to some spasming in my neck. But also have neck grinding noise. What is that?

I got into an accident and it caused a mild whiplash which has lead to some spasming in my neck. But also have neck grinding noise. What is that?

If there is some de-: -generation present or even ligament injury, there is noise made with motion. And you hear this because sound is transmitted through a solid (bone) even better than a liquid, both of which are much better than air. When I listen with a stethoscope, I am not able 2 hear the noises people hear when moving their neck. ...Read more

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My question was - can coming off Flomax (tamsulosin) after the stone passes cause bladder spasming result from coming off FloMax (tamsulosin)? Stone passed - still bladder pain

My question was - can coming off Flomax (tamsulosin) after the stone passes cause bladder spasming result from coming off FloMax (tamsulosin)? Stone passed - still bladder pain

Yes, if...: If voiding symptoms are related with stones, yes, you should be able to be off Flomax (tamsulosin) - a alpha-blocker. However, few elderly men like to keep it on because they incidentally noticed Flomax (tamsulosin) help improve their already quietly impaired urine flow. For details, ask urologist for specifics and details. ...Read more

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What could cause an hour long episode of deep dull central chest pain spasming to neck and jaw. It was not heart.?

Central chest pain: As described at the reported age a cardiac cause is primary concern;go to the nearest A&E/ER department now. ...Read more

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Can tight, spasming hip, butt, low back muscles on one side cause leg to hurt? Had steroid shot in butt gave a little relief but still feels crampy

Spasm: Absolutely, spasm can reduce blood flow and cause pain/aching in the leg. Not sure why you had the steroid IM shot though. Consider getting your low back looked at by a chiropractor or a DO who knows how to manipulate. Odds are you have a structural issue somewhere below L2. Soak in a hot bath then do some gentle stretching exercises. ...Read more

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What is the cause of spasticity in paralysis?

What is the cause of spasticity in paralysis?

Different theories: There are many different theories about what causes spasticity but the best explanation that I can give you is that under normal circumstances there is a balance between excitation and inhibition of muscle tone and movement. When there is injury or disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), there is excess excitation and not enough inhibition and the tone of certain muscles. ...Read more

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Will quadriplegic spasticity cause global development delay?

Will quadriplegic spasticity cause global development delay?

No: Quadriplegic spasticity itself should not cause global developmental delay. There are, however, conditions that result in both development delay and quad spasticity so although you may see the two together, one does not necessarily cause the other. ...Read more

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Ok, minor CP has caused spasticity issues. Drawing blood is a challenge I get so embarrassed b/c I twitch when I just cant help. Advice?

Ok, minor CP has caused spasticity issues. Drawing blood is a challenge I get so embarrassed b/c I twitch when I just cant help. Advice?

Exaggerated reflexes: , increased muscle tone & muscle weakness are part & parcel of having hypertonic cerebral palsy. Stick with one lab (pun intended) & educate phlebotomists there. The Americans with Disabilities Act gives you the right to request an extra person to help keep your arm still for venipuncture. Your lab EHR's need to include your doctor's documentation of specific accommodations you require. ...Read more

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What is the best method to relieve spasticity caused by cerebral palsy?

What is the best method to relieve spasticity caused by cerebral palsy?

Individualized plan: There is no one answer to this question. There are many good treatments for spasticity, but which one is best for any patient depends on that individual patients needs and how their spasticity affects them. The best plan is to meet with someone who specializes in spasticity treatment (physiatry or neurology) and discuss your specific concerns. ...Read more

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Is Valium a good & safe long term drug for muscle spasticity & cramping of unknown cause?

Is Valium a good & safe long term drug for muscle spasticity & cramping of unknown cause?

Maybe: Valium is a drug with abuse and addiction potential. It can cause impairment in motor and cognitive function. So - long term use requires careful assessment of risks versus benefits. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fight heavy drowsiness caused by baclofen. I took it due to a spinal cord injury spasticity?

Is there a way to fight heavy drowsiness caused by baclofen. I took it due to a spinal cord injury spasticity?

Consider spinal pump: Drowsiness is a very common side effect of baclofen. If you are requiring high doses for your spasticity, it may be worth considering a spinal cord Baclofen pump- "intrathecal baclofen." this can dramatically reduce drowsiness because it delivers the medication where it is needed most. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I have spasticity in my legs and hands are brisk. All my tests are normal. I could not find the cause. Any help. Thank you?

Hello, I have spasticity in my legs and hands are brisk. All my tests are normal. I could not find the cause. Any help. Thank you?

Brisk reflexes: Some people are born with brisk reflexes. However, if numbness, weakness, difficulty walking or having trouble urinating should prompt further imaging and tests to determine if something else is contributing to the brisk reflexes. A thorough evaluation with a neurologist or neurosurgeon is indicated. ...Read more

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Kernicterus causes spasticity? Why is it sis basal ganglia considered in pyramidal tract? Why not causing rigidity instead like parkinsons?

Kernicterus causes spasticity? Why is it sis basal ganglia considered in pyramidal tract? Why not causing rigidity instead like parkinsons?

Spasticity: Basal ganglia and substantia nigra are different structures. Injuring the basal ganglia, such as by stroke, may cause spasticity. Injuring the substantia nigra may cause parkinsons symptoms, such as tremor and rigidity. Rigidity and spasticity are not the same, as you recognize. These two different structures of the brain modulate movement differently, that is why the symptoms are different. ...Read more

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Does anyone know what CAUSES (i.e. physiology) the extreme fatigue in MS? (No sleep disturbance, have adequate intake and exerc., spasticity treated)

Does anyone know what CAUSES (i.e. physiology) the extreme fatigue in MS? (No sleep disturbance, have adequate intake and exerc., spasticity treated)

Brief response: Fatigue is very common in MS and typically best correlated with "burden of disease" illustrated on MRI studies. If you have MS, we can evaluate your current medication and dietary program, and perhaps modify and improve the entire picture. Schedule a Concierge visit and I would be happy to provide a "second opinion". ...Read more

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If someone has complete tetraplegia and therefore their heart will not beat autonomously, what is used to keep them alive? What happens to the heart during a heartbeat?

If someone has complete tetraplegia and therefore their heart will not beat autonomously, what is used to keep them alive? What happens to the heart during a heartbeat?

Tetraplegia: Even though a person is a tetraplegic, the heart will continue to beat automatically. There may be an increased sensitivity to input from the vagus nerve, without new complication, the heart will continue to beat. The complication likely to shorten life of tetraplegics is respiratory disease. ...Read more

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What's the difference between Spasticity and spasm?

Neuro vs muscular: To me spasm is a local muscle involuntary contraction and spasticty is a neurologic problem loss of cortical control of motor function causing inability to appropriately relax muscles sign of a upper motor neuron injury ...Read more

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My chest is spasming really badly what should I do?

My chest is spasming really badly what should I do?

See a doctor: I am unfamiliar with chest spasms. I would urge that you have a doctor evaluate the chest pain. ...Read more