Causes of Paralysis

Generalized Paralysis: Causes of major or generalized paralysis include:

Similar Symptoms: For additional causes, see the causes of similar symptoms:

Localized Paralysis: Any type of localized paralysis (or “monoplegia”) may be caused by some of the above causes of generalized paralysis (e.g. neuromuscular disease, ALS, etc.), in what may be the first presenting symptom or may be a limited presentation. Local paralysis may also be caused by additional disorders of the specific region. For example, disorders of the spine or spinal cord may be variable, causing different symptoms depending on which part of the spine is affected.

Some of the disorders that may cause a particular type of paralysis in one region, or sometimes in multiple regions, include:

Episodic Paralysis: if the paralysis symptoms are temporary or transient, but are recurring, the causes of the paralysis episodes may include:

See: Temporary Paralysis, Recurrent Paralysis

Specific Local Paralysis Disorders: Some particular disorders with specific regions and types of paralysis include:

Local Paralysis Types: However, this list is not exhaustive for the causes of localized paralysis. See also the causes of more specific types of paralysis of particular regions of the anatomy, such as:

Regional Partial Paralysis: Partial paralysis of a region may be associated with “weakness” or sensations such as “paresthesias” (tingling, burning sensations, numbness, etc.). See also:

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Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis

This is a temporary inability to move or speak that occurs when waking up or falling asleep.

The episodes can last from a few seconds to several minutes. Although sleep paralysis doesn't cause any harm, being unable to move can be frightening.

Source: NHS Choices UK1

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Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak that occurs when you're waking up or falling asleep.

Source: NHS Choices UK2

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Spina bifida: A gap higher up the spine is more likely to cause paralysis of the legs and mobility difficulties.

Source: NHS Choices UK3

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Spina bifida: Most children with spina bifida have some degree of weakness or paralysis in their lower limbs. They may need to use ankle supports or crutches to help them move around. If they have severe paralysis, they'll need a wheelchair.

Source: NHS Choices UK4

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Post-stroke syndrome: Following a subarachnoid haemorrhage, some people experience a loss of movement and feeling in their arms or legs. This can range from a slight weakness to a complete loss of power.

Source: NHS Choices UK5

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Enterovirus D-68: It has been associated with cases and clusters of polio-like neurological symptoms, including paralysis and meningo-encephalitis.

Source: GOV.UK6

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Some causes may include:7 Causes of Paralysis:

Causes List for Paralysis

List of possible causes of Paralysis or similar symptoms may include:8

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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ narcolepsy/ symptoms/ 
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Sleep-paralysis/ 
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ spina-bifida/ symptoms/ 
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ subarachnoid-haemorrhage/ recovery/ 
  6. Source: GOV.UK: government/ publications/ enterovirus-d-68-risk-assessment
  7. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  8. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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