33 Possible Causes for Descending Paralysis in USA

  • Botulism
    Descending Paralysis

    food-borne botulism wound botulism infant intestinal botulism adult intestinal botulism inhalational botulism iatrogenic botulism CLINICAL FEATURES (1) cranial neuropathies (2) descendingparalysis (3) bilateral symptoms (4) no fever (5) clear sensorium (6) lack of sensory findings Food-borne toxin absorbed from small intestine home-canned fruit and vegetable … after onset of the illness: nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, double vision, progressing to dilated and fixed pupils, followed by signs of a symmetrical descending[1] [2]

  • Food Poisoning

    Presumptive diagnosis of botulism is made by the presence of a rapidly descending paralysis. … Myasthenia gravis - this is a descending paralysis.[3]

  • Tick Paralysis

    Botulism, in contrast, causes a descending paralysis with preserved mental status, Dr.[4]

  • Paralysis

    It can be associated with: Guillain–Barré syndrome (another name for this condition is Landry's ascending paralysis) Tick paralysis Ascending paralysis contrasts with descendingparalysis, which occurs in conditions such as botulism.[5]

  • Hypoventilation

    Lyme Disease , [[Lyme Disease]]) Paralytic-Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning (see Paralytic-Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning , [[Paralytic-Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning]]): descendingparalysis (similar to botulism) Poisonous Lizard Bite (see Poisonous Lizard Bite , [[Poisonous Lizard Bite]]) Rabies (see Rabies , [[Rabies]]): ascending paralysis (may mimic … Myasthenic Syndrome , [[Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome]]) Botulism (see Botulism , [[Botulism]]): botulinum toxin blocks acetylcholine release at neuromuscular junction Descending[6]

  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome

    10 View/Print Table TABLE 1 Differential Diagnosis and Characteristics Differing from Guillain-Barré Syndrome Basilar artery occlusion (asymmetric limb paresis) Botulism (descendingparalysis) Heavy metal intoxication (confusion, psychosis, organic brain syndrome) Hypophosphatemia (irritable, apprehensive, hyperventilation, normal cerebrospinal fluid[7]

  • Antithymocyte Globulin

    Polyclonal antibody-induced serum sickness presenting as rapidly progressive descending paralysis.[8]

  • Periodic Paralysis
  • Sleep Paralysis
  • Todd Paralysis

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  1. Botulism • LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog, http://lifeinthefastlane.com/ccc/botulism/
  2. Botulism In Ohio: What You Need To Know, http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2015/…
  3. Noninflammatory Gastroenteritis- Food Poisoning, http://www.atsu.edu/faculty/chamberlain/website…
  4. Misdiagnosing Tick Paralysis Can Lead to Death // ACEP, http://www.acep.org/Clinical---Practice-Managem…
  5. Paralysis, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paralysis
  6. Acute Hypoventilation (Acute Ventilatory Failure, Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure), http://mdnxs.com/topics-2/pulmonary-and-critica…
  7. Guillain-Barre Syndrome - American Family Physician, http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2405.html
  8. [Full text] Rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin induction in renal transplantation: rev, https://www.dovepress.com/rabbit-anti-thymocyte…