diphtheritic paralysis


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post·diph·the·rit·ic pa·ral·y·sis

paralysis affecting the uvula most frequently, but also any other muscle, due to toxic neuritis; usually appears in the second or third week following the beginning of the attack of diphtheria.

diphtheritic paralysis

Paralysis of the muscles of the palate, eyes, limbs, diaphragm, and intercostal muscles as a complication of diphtheria. It is caused by a bacterial toxin.
Synonym: postdiphtheritic paralysis
See also: paralysis