Hemiparesis - Definition

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Definition


Paralysis is the reduction or complete cessation of the ability to move an area of the body; in the case of incomplete paralysis, with only a slight decrease in the capacity of movement, it is called paresis. Hemiparesis is a slight paralysis that only affects one side of the body. It can affect the right side or the left side, impacting the entire side of the body in the same way (we speak of proportional hemiparesis) or only part of the lower limb, upper limb, face, or a combination of these parts. It is due to a neurological dysfunction of the central nervous system, mainly in the brain, particularly in the case of stroke, more rarely in the spinal cord. In cases of hemiparesis, emergency consultation is necessary.

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Published by Jeff. Latest update on December 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM by Jeff.
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