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What are the differences between flaccid paralysis and spastic paralysis?

What are the differences between flaccid paralysis and spastic paralysis?

Spasticity: Both types of paralysis involve loss of voluntary motor function. However, in the spastic type, involuntary movements persist, such as with cerebral palsy. ...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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Can you tell me examples of when does one get spastic paralysis vs flaccid paralysis please?

Can you tell me examples of when does one get spastic paralysis vs flaccid paralysis please?

Cord vs root: In general spastic paralysis results from an injury to the spinal cord and flaccid paralysis after an injury downstream from the spinal cord, such as in the nerve root or peripheral nerve. The notable exception is in the early period after a spinal cord injury when there is "spinal shock" with flaccid paralysis. ...Read more

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Difference between flaccid and spastic paralysis.?

Tone: The difference is in the tone of the muscles. In people with spastic paralysis, they will often have involuntary movements of their legs or arms and it is very difficult to move the limb by another person like a physical therapy. This is spasticity. A flaccid paralyzed limb has no muscle tone and is limp and easily moved by another. ...Read more

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What are the differences between spastic and flaccid paralysis?

What are the differences between spastic and flaccid paralysis?

Muscle tone: Spastic means tight muscles, flaccid is loose and relaxed muscle. Different causes for each. ...Read more

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What could cause spastic paralysis on the right side of the body?

What could cause spastic paralysis on the right side of the body?

Central lesion: Brain injury from trauma, bleed, tumor, aneurism, ischemia, infection, or spinal cord injury from similar mechanisms all can cause an upper motor lesion resulting in both paralysis and spasticity simultaneously. ...Read more

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Is spastic paralysis curable?

Is spastic paralysis curable?

No: It is possible to reduce the spasticity to a degree with medications, phyiscal therapy, different treatments like Botox injections, and some fancier treatments like implantable pumps to deliver anti spasticity medication. Unfortunately at this date we do not have a "cure" that can reverse paralysis. I hope we will someday. ...Read more

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Why do health agencies track cases of flaccid paralysis?

Why do health agencies track  cases of flaccid paralysis?

Infections: The cdc (center for disease control) tracks flaccid paralysis, since many cases are related to infections. Viral influenza and the mononucleosis virus epstein-barr can cause guillain-barre syndrome. West nile virus causes myelitis similar to polio. Tracking the spread of these conditions in the us helps identify the cause, develop vaccines and distribute treatments to affected areas. ...Read more

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How does hypercalcemia cause flaccid paralysis? Not described in my med books.

Hyperpolarization: Highly elevated ionized calcium can lead to a variety of symptoms, including dehydration, polyuria/polydipsia, confusion, constipation and sometimes pancreatitis. Asthenia and weakness are common and can progress to a flaccid paralysis. Cardiovascular effects include shortened qt, av block, and brady or tachydysrhythmias. Muscular effects are related to hyperpolarization caused by high calcium. ...Read more

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What's spastic paralysis?

CEREBRAL PALSY: Spastic paralysis is due to a group of conditions that involves nervous sustem and hypertonicity in the muscles of extremities also called cerebral palsy. Condition is caused by injury and abnormalities in the brain.These happen in the womb or in first two years of life.It may be due to lack of oxygen going to brain.Bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, maternal rubella& sever jaund. ...Read more

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How is spastic paralysis treated?

See below: Spastic paralysis is a general term for many condition in the brain or spinal cord that cause weakness or paralysis of the limbs as well as spasticity which causes increased abnormal tone in the muscles. The conditions most often associated with this conditions are brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and sometimes als. There are treatments that can reduce spasticity. ...Read more

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


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Flaccid Paralysis (Definition)

Flaccid paralysis is a clinical finding in which there is muscle weakness or inability to move with the muscles remaining flaccid, or unflexed. This can occur due to polio, ...Read more