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(Paralysis; Loss of Movement)
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- Broken neck
- Broken back
- Spinal cord injury
- Genetic disorder (hereditary spastic paraplegia)
- Congenital (present at birth)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Tumor (either within the spinal cord or pushing on the spinal cord)
- Syrinx (a spinal cord disorder)
- Loss of movement or muscle control in the legs, feet, toes, or trunk
- Loss of feeling in the legs, feet, toes, or trunk
- Tingling in the legs, feet, toes, or trunk
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Sexual difficulties
- Blood tests
- Lumbar puncture
Emergency Medical Treatment
Therapy and Rehabilitation
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation http://www.christopherreeve.org
Spastic Paraplegia Foundation http://www.sp-foundation.org
Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) http://www.cpa-ab.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Spinal cord injury information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sci/sci.htm. Updated September 18, 2012. Accessed November 28, 2012.
What is paraplegia? Spinal Injury Network website. Available at: http://www.spinal-injury.net/paraplegia.htm. Accessed November 28, 2012.
7/8/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: FDA allows marketing of first wearable, motorized device that helps people with certain spinal cord injuries to walk. US Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm402970.htm. Updated June 27, 2014. Accessed July 8, 2014.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 00/70/2014