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.
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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
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