Pronounced: Pehr-ah-PLEE-jahEn Español (Spanish Version)
Paraplegia is the word used to describe the body's loss of movement and/or feeling as a result of an injury to the nervous system. Paraplegia is complete or partial paralysis of the lower half of the body.
Some patients may resume some function. Many patients with paraplegia may have long-term loss of function.
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Injury to the nervous system is the most common cause of paraplegia. Common injuries and other causes include:
- 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)
Last reviewedNovember 2012by Rimas Lukas, MD
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