acute ascending paralysis

a·cute as·cend·ing pa·ral·y·sis

a paralysis of rapid course beginning in the legs and involving progressively the trunk, arms, and neck, ending sometimes in death in 1-3 weeks; generally due to either fulminant Guillain-Barré syndrome or an ascending necrotizing myelopathy.
Synonym(s): ascending paralysis

acute ascending paralysis

A nonspecific term for acute ascending flaccid paralysis associated with various neurologic diseases, including poliomyelitis, transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome and others.

a·cute as·cend·ing pa·ral·y·sis

(ă-kyūt' ă-send'ing păr-al'i-sis)
A paralysis of rapid course beginning in the legs and involving progressively the trunk, arms, and neck, ending sometimes in death in from 1 to 3 weeks.
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Tick paralysis is often misdiagnosed--with potentially dire consequences--as one of the other diseases that cause an acute ascending paralysis with preserved mental status.
Other causes of an acute ascending paralysis with preserved mental status include spinal cord tumors and acute poliomyelitis.
Conducting a thorough search for an embedded tick is essential in a patient with an acute ascending paralysis with preserved sensorium, particularly when there is a history consistent with potential tick exposure.

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