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ask: what is the differance between spastis and flaccid paralysis?

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Where in the nervous system does each indicate damage

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Spastic paralysis is an abnormal condition characterized by the involunary contraction of one or more muscles with associated loss of muscular function. Cerebral palsy is an example of spastic paralysis. Parts of the brain are injured due to low levels of oxygen int the area.

Flaccid paralysis is paralysis characterized by limp, unresponsive muscles. It is an abnormal condition characterized by the weakening or loss of muscle tome. It may be caused by disease or by trauma affecting the nerves associated with the involved muscles.
Causes of flaccid paralysis is anterior spinal artery syndrome, in which the anterior spinal artery is blocked, hyperkalemia, which is a condition caused by excessive potassium in the body, Japanese encephalitis, which is a form of encephalitis transmitted by mosquitos.
The central and peripheral nervous system can be affected in both spastic and flaccid paralysis. Neurologic evaluation determines the type of paralysis and site of lesion.
I hope this answers your question,
Maryann

February 3, 2012 - 5:35pm
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Anonymous

Hi Anonymous,

I am not sure I understand your question. Is there a concern for a nervous system reaction to each of these terms or is this a school related question?

Thanks for any additional information.

Missie

February 3, 2012 - 12:27pm
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