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116 Possible Causes for Descending Paralysis, Neck Weakness

  • Botulism

    By history, the most common symptoms were dysphagia (66%), proximal muscle weakness of upper and lower extremity (60%), neck flexor muscle weakness (33%), ophthalmoplegia[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Clostridium botulinum is known to cause descending paralysis in infants throughout the world.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] This weakness may spread to the neck, arms, torso, and legs.[cdc.gov]

  • Infantile Botulism

    Wound infection was not established, but 2 weeks after gastrostomy the patient developed nausea and vomiting, with ileus, progressive dysphonia, neck and proximal weakness[pediatricneurologybriefs.com] Note that, in many cases, descending paralysis may be absent.[symptoma.com] […] in arms or legs; general fatigue Difficulty breathing, sometimes severe In infants, usually constipation at first; also lethargy and a "floppy" neck, arms and legs, demonstrating[drugs.com]

  • Accessory Nerve Palsy

    In one, neck pain and trapezius weakness were not prominent until one month after surgery.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Tepper, MD, FAHS Top 5 Articles From October 2015 An Unusual Case of Descending Paralysis Caused by West Nile Virus Clinicians should consider a diagnosis of West Nile Virus[practicalneurology.com] , including trapezius muscle weakness/atrophy.[ajnr.org]

  • Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome

    Neurological examination revealed ptosis, dysarthria, neck weakness, hyporeflexia of all limbs, and autonomic failure.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] In its nontherapeutic form, the toxin is produced by bacteria and can cause a paralysis that starts with the muscles of the face and throat and descends over the rest of the[verywell.com] The main symptoms are weakness in the legs, arms, neck and face, as well as problems with automatic body functions, such as controlling blood pressure.[nhs.uk]

  • Wound Botulism

    By history, the most common symptoms were dysphagia (66%), proximal muscle weakness of upper and lower extremity (60%), neck flexor muscle weakness (33%), ophthalmoplegia[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Wound botulism in 7 heroin 'skin poppers' produced ophthalmoplegia and descending paralysis.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] […] in arms or legs; general fatigue Difficulty breathing, sometimes severe In infants, usually constipation at first; also lethargy and a "floppy" neck, arms and legs, demonstrating[drugs.com]

  • Paralysis

    Other causes Other causes of facial paralysis or weakness include: skull fracture or injury to the face head or neck tumor middle ear infection or other ear damage Lyme disease[healthline.com] descending paralysis , which occurs in conditions such as botulism .[en.wikipedia.org] About four to five percent of infected people have minor symptoms such as fever, muscle weakness, headache, nausea and vomiting.[health.ny.gov]

  • Miller-Fisher Syndrome

    Koga M, Yuki N, Hirata K: Oropharyngeal palsy in Guillain-Barré and Fisher’s syndromes is associated with muscle weakness in the neck and arm.[karger.com] As mentioned earlier, descending paralysis is a characteristic manifestation of Miller Fisher syndrome.[buzzle.com] […] continues to progress for as long as four weeks. [4] The muscles of the neck may also be affected, and about half experience involvement of the cranial nerves which supply[en.wikipedia.org]

  • Adult Primary Lateral Sclerosis

    IBM affects particularly knee extensors and flexor forearm muscles; neck muscle weakness and dysphagia also may occur.[clinicalgate.com] References Mills CK: Unilateral ascending paralysis and unilateral descending paralysis. JAMA 1906;47:1638-1645.[karger.com] "Head drop" from weak neck extensor muscles may become a major problem.[the-medical-dictionary.com]

  • Chronic Catarrhal Conjunctivitis

    […] thinking Fever and chills unrelieved by sweating Headache Spontaneous perspiration Decreased body resistance Aversion to Wind Nasal congestion No thirst Dry heaves Stiff neck[americandragon.com] Acute descending paralysis. Modalities.-- Worse , least exertion, especially mental, after sleep, wet weather. A summer or hot weather remedy; patient is worse then.[homeoint.org] T: Normal C: White and moist P: Floating and moderate or Floating and weak or slow Treatment Principle Dispel Wind Release Wind-Cold from the muscle layer Regulate and harmonize[americandragon.com]

  • Progressive Bulbar Palsy

    , or facial palsy Slurred speech Vocal cord paralysis Droopy eyelids Difficulty swallowing Visual impairment caused by damage to the optic nerve Neck and shoulder weakness[facialpalsy.org.uk] Clinicians frequently think of the symptoms of botulism in terms of a classic triad: bulbar palsy and descending paralysis, lack of fever, and clear senses and mental status[diki.pl] Neurons in this region begin to degenerate and can cause jaw weakness, loss of tongue muscle function, and speech loss.[disability-benefits-help.org]

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