palsy


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

palsy

 [pawl´ze]
Bell's palsy see bell's palsy.
birth palsy birth paralysis.
cerebral palsy see cerebral palsy.
crossed leg palsy palsy of the fibular nerve, caused by sitting with one leg crossed over the other.
Erb's palsy (Erb-Duchenne palsy) Erb-Duchenne paralysis.
facial palsy Bell's palsy.
shaking palsy Parkinson's disease.

pal·sy

(pawl'zē),
Paralysis or paresis.
[a corruption of O. Fr. fr. L. and G. paralysis]

palsy

(pôl′zē)
n. pl. pal·sies
Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.
tr.v. pal·sied, pal·sying, pal·sies
1.
a. To paralyze.
b. To deprive of strength.
2. To make helpless, as with fear.

palsy

Neurology Complete paralysis, see there, of a particular body region or extremity, rendering the region incapable of voluntary motor activity. See Bell's palsy, Cerebral palsy, Crutch palsy, Erb's palsy, Facial palsy, Progressive supranuclear palsy, Pseudobulbar palsy, Saturday night palsy.

pal·sy

(pawl'zē)
Paralysis or paresis.

palsy

An obsolete term for PARALYSIS, retained for historical reasons in a few cases such as those of BELL'S PALSY and CEREBRAL PALSY.

Palsy

Uncontrolable tremors.
Mentioned in: Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome

palsy 

Synonym for paralysis, although it often implies partial paralysis. See paralysis; paresis.
abducens nerve palsy See paralysis of the sixth nerve.
Bell's palsy A paralysis of the upper and lower muscles of the face on one side, due to an inflammation of the facial nerve. It results in a wider palpebral aperture and inability to close the eye on the affected size and drying of the cornea. See Bell's sign; artificial tears; crocodile tears.
double elevator palsy A condition characterized by limited or complete inhibition of the upward rotation of an eye, due either to paresis of its superior rectus and inferior oblique muscles, or to entrapment of the inferior orbital tissues. It may be congenital or acquired (e.g. a lesion in the pretectum). Treatment is principally surgical.
gaze palsy Inability of the eyes to make conjugate movements due to a lesion in the cortical or subcortical oculomotor centres. See paralysis of the fourth nerve; paralysis of the sixth nerve; paralysis of the third nerve.
supranuclear gaze palsy A disturbance of the conjugate movements of the eye. If the lesion is in the frontal lobe, the patient is unable to direct the eyes to the contralateral side of the lesion (frontal gaze palsy). In bilateral lesion the patient is unable to turn the eyes voluntarily in any direction but is able to maintain fixation and perform pursuit movements. If the lesion is in the midbrain it produces Parinaud's syndrome, in which there is an inability to elevate (and sometimes depress) the eyes on command and the pupils are large and may not react to light. If the lesion is in the paramedian pontine reticular formation there is ipsilateral horizontal gaze palsy, while lesions in the medial longitudinal fasciculus produce internuclear ophthalmoplegia. See internuclear ophthalmoplegia.

pal·sy

(pawl'zē)
Paralysis or paresis.

Patient discussion about palsy

Q. What Is Bell's Palsy? A friend of mine has been told she has Bell's palsy. What happens in this disease?

A. Bell's palsy is defined as an idiopathic (from an unknown reason) unilateral facial nerve paralysis, usually self-limiting. The trademark is rapid onset of partial or complete palsy, usually in a single day.
Here you can learn more about what exactly is Bell's palsy-
http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-Bells-Palsy-5500

Q. What are the causes of bell's palsy?

A. I had it 5 years ago at age 20. All the symptoms of the above are correct not to mention the tiredness and rapid blinking of the eye from the effected side.

In my case I have just found out that I have a non milignate tumor behind my left eye which was likely to be the cause of the Bell Pausy in the first place. I encourage anyone who has symptoms or pain spanning more than 8 weeks to see their doctor and if possible request request or demand a MRI scan for peace of mind.

If pain persists get a second opinion and dont let the Dr. shrugg you off.

Q. I go to sleep & use to wake up paralyzed in my sleep. I go to sleep & use to wake up paralyzed in my sleep. But not asleep, just laying there, eyes wide open paralyzed. I couldn't breath, I couldn't speak, move anything but my eyes. I could look around but I couldn't even breathe. This has happened a few times in my old house, once in my mother's house (she lived by the side of a graveyard), and then only once in my new house. What is it and what do you think is causing it?

A. I had the same problem but never at night...and it only happened during the day when I take nap. I will wake up and I can't move or talk, I can't open my eyes either. I've never been able to snap out of it though, I just have to lay there until I go back to sleep, and usually it doesn't happen when I wake up the next time. Needless to say I try NOT to take naps anymore, because it happens nearly every time.

More discussions about palsy
References in periodicals archive ?
The study compared 1,700 adults with cerebral palsy and 5,000 adults without the condition to identify how many developed non-infectious diseases, such as asthma or stroke.
In a recent study it was concluded that body weight support treadmill training had significant effect in changes in spine of children with cerebral palsy that helped to improve gross motor function in children with cerebral palsy12.
Paediatric facial palsy is notoriously difficult to treat and inconsistent use of outcome measures have hampered understanding of treatment effectiveness.
The Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CPF), a sixty-year old nonprofit foundation headquartered in New York City and a leading voice in the world of Cerebral Palsy, serves as a thought-leader and catalyst to create new opportunities in the world of disability.
Cerebral atrophy, which is well known to be associated with cerebral palsy was noted in 53% of patients.
As a young mother and bride still in her early twenties, cerebral palsy knocked on her door, loud and demanding.
Between August 2011 and July 2015 (4 years), 53 patients with severe peripheral facial palsy diagnosed with Bell's palsy or Ramsay Hunt syndrome were treated by auditory ossicles preserved facial nerve decompression surgery at the Department of Otolaryngology of Tokyo Women's Medical University.
It is estimated that the incidence of Bell's palsy is 15-25 per 100 000 people (including adults) per year.
We report a case of a child with six self-limited documented episodes of isolated benign 6th nerve palsy.
Due to the anatomic relationship of the radial nerve with the humeral shaft at the lateral supracondylar ridge, the radial nerve palsy is the most common nerve injury following humeral shaft fractures [1].
Among the rare neurological complications are Guillain-Barre syndrome, meningoencephalitis, ventriculitis, optic neuritis, delayed contralateral hemiparesis, peripheral motor neuropathy, Reye's syndrome, and facial palsy.2 The incidence of chickenpox in adults has doubled in recent years and this recent shift in age for varicella from childhood to adulthood and adolescence has resulted in increase in complications.1 In a study done on 60 cases with neurological complications due to chicken pox, there were 8.3% patients with facial palsy.3
Although acoustic reflex generally is involved in standard evaluation of every patient with facial palsy in neuroborreliosis, it has not been considered prognostically relevant so far.