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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.
Synonym(s): 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