Hemiplegia

Hemiplegia is paralysis of one side of the body due to an injury or damage to the spinal cord or brain. It is characterized by loss of muscle function and control, muscle fatigue, and stiffness on the affected side. Facial, contralateral, spastic, spinal, and alternating are the types of hemiplegia. Causes include stroke, infection or injury, or tumor in the brain, and genetic causes. Treatment includes physiotherapy, assistive devices, mental imagery, modified constraint-induced movement therapy, and electrical stimulation.

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Even after taking Phenytoin, my daughter is getting seizures. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is suffering from cerebral palsy of right side since birth. It is also called seizure, hemiplegic type. Now she is 24 years old. Her right side of the body, right leg and right hand are not working properly. She walks with staggers with raised heel part of the right leg and ri...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your daughter seems to have right hemiplegia and seizures. The way of walking with raised heel and right arm twisted is increased tone in right-sided limbs suggestive of spasticity and contracture. As you told that she is already on Tablet Eptoin¬†(Phenytoin) 100 mg th...  Read Full »

What does post-polio syndrome mean?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 50 year old woman with a history of polio in childhood and complains of paresthesia since a year. It started suddenly from the toes on both sides and it progressed to upper back (T4) in 20 days. She was hospitalized with post-polio syndrome and treated with IV Ig. She co...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not quite agree with post-polio syndrome. Post-polio syndrome after these many years is quite rare. From a neurosurgical point of view, when I look at her MRI cervical spine (attachment removed to protect patient identity), there is a significant disc bulge present a...  Read Full »

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