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Paralysis is a loss of nerve function or muscle power resulting in an inability to move. When nerve cells in the brain or other parts of the body are damaged by injury or disease, the body parts controlled by those nerve or brain cells do not function.
The damage may cause mild or severe loss of function and may be temporary or permanent. The degree of paralysis depends on:
Last Revised: July 5, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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