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Related to diver's palsy: diver's paralysis
a symptom complex caused by the escape from solution in the body fluids of nitrogen bubbles absorbed originally at high atmospheric pressure, as a result of abrupt reduction in atmospheric pressure (either rapid ascent to high altitude or return from a compressed-air environment); it is characterized by headache; pain in the arms, legs, joints, and epigastrium; itching of the skin; vertigo; dyspnea; coughing; choking; vomiting; weakness (and sometimes) paralysis; and severe peripheral circulatory collapse. Bone infarcts can occur from bubbles in nutrient vessels leading to long-term consequences.
See also: caisson sickness.
See also: caisson sickness.
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palsy(pal'ze) [Fr. palesie, paralisie, fr L. paralysis, fr Gr. paralysis, loosening, disabling] Paralysis.
birth palsySee: birth paralysis
brachial palsySee: birth paralysis
Palsy caused by degeneration of the nuclear cells of the lower cranial nerves. This causes progressive muscular paralysis.
cerebral palsyAbbreviation: CP
See: cerebral palsy
Paralysis resulting from pressure on nerves in the axilla from use of a crutch.
diver's palsySee: decompression illness
Erb's palsySee: Duchenne-Erb paralysis
facial palsySee: Bell's palsy
facial nerve palsySee: Bell's palsy
Paralysis of the extremities in lead poisoning.
Paralysis induced by mercury poisoning.
A form of paresthesia characterized by numbness, esp. at night.
peroneal nerve palsy
Paralysis of the peroneal nerve, often caused by automobile accidents in which a pedestrian's leg is injured, by fractures of the tibia, or by other occurrences of nerve disruption or compression. It produces footdrop.
pressure palsySee: compression paralysis
progressive supranuclear palsy
A chronic progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system that has its onset in middle age. Common symptoms include difficulty walking (with frequent falls), impairments in speech and in swallowing, and an inability to gaze upward.
Saturday night palsy
Paralysis due to prolonged ischemia of the musculospiral nerve incident to compressing an arm against a hard edge. It occurs if the patient has been comatose or in a stupor or has fallen asleep with the arm hanging over the edge of a bed or chair. In some cultures individuals traditionally become intoxicated on Saturday night; while stuporous, they may remain in a position that allows nerve compression.Synonym: musculospiral paralysis; radial paralysis; Saturday night paralysisSunday morning paralysis
scrivener's palsySee: writer's cramp
An archaic term for Parkinson's disease.
wasting palsySee: spinal muscular atrophy
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