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What is paralysis?
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Loss of muscle func.
Paralysis is the loss of motor, or muscle, function.
This may be medically induced, such as general anesthesia, or may be due to injury, such as a fracture to the neck or spine. Lastly, there are some toxins or poisons that can cause respiratory paralysis.

In brief: Loss of muscle func.
Paralysis is the loss of motor, or muscle, function.
This may be medically induced, such as general anesthesia, or may be due to injury, such as a fracture to the neck or spine. Lastly, there are some toxins or poisons that can cause respiratory paralysis.
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Inability to move
Multiple causes.
Can be due to nervous system problem like stroke, spinal cord injury, ms. Can be due to muscle weakness like muscular dystrophy or curare-like meds given under anesthesia. Can be spastic (muscle tightness) due to cerebral palsy or certain meds. Nerve paralysis can lead to muscle weakness and spasticity. Should find cause and address accordingly with meds and/or physical therapy.

In brief: Inability to move
Multiple causes.
Can be due to nervous system problem like stroke, spinal cord injury, ms. Can be due to muscle weakness like muscular dystrophy or curare-like meds given under anesthesia. Can be spastic (muscle tightness) due to cerebral palsy or certain meds. Nerve paralysis can lead to muscle weakness and spasticity. Should find cause and address accordingly with meds and/or physical therapy.
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