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Paraparesis occurs when you’re partially unable to move your legs. In Paraparesis condition Patient experience weakness in your hips and legs. Paraparesis and Paraplegia are totally different condition. Paraplegia refers to a complete inability to move your legs.
Paraparesis is degeneration or damage to nerves pathway. Parapariesis Conditions are due to Genetic or becuase of Infections. Below are some of possible Symptoms for Paraparesis:-
Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis (HSP):
HSP is a group of nervous system disorders that cause weakness and stiffness (spasticity) of the legs that get worse over time. This group of diseases is also known as familial spastic paraplegia and Strumpell-Lorrain syndrome. This genetic type is inherited from one or both of your parents.
Pure HSP: Pure HSP has the following symptoms:
Complicated HSP: In this form, symptoms include those of pure HSP plus any of the following symptoms:
Tropical Spastic Paraparesis (TSP)
TSP is a disease of the nervous system that causes weakness, stiffness, and muscle spasms of the legs. It’s caused by the Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus type 1 (HTLV-1). TSP is also known as HTLV-1 associated myelopathy (HAM).
In rare cases, TSP can cause:
Causes of HSP
HSP is a genetic disorder, meaning it’s passed from parents to children.
Causes of TSP
TSP is caused by HTLV-1. The virus can be passed from one person to another through:
You can’t spread HTLV-1 through casual contact, like shaking hands, hugging, or sharing a bathroom.
To diagnose HSP, your doctor will examine you, ask about your family history, and rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.
Your doctor may order diagnostic tests, including:
The results of these tests will help your doctor differentiate between HSP and other possible causes of your symptoms. Genetic testing for some types of HSP is also available.
TSP is usually diagnosed based on your symptoms and the likelihood that you were exposed to HTLV-1. Your doctor may ask you about your sexual history and whether you’ve used intravenous drugs before.
They may also order an MRI of your spinal cord or a spinal tap to collect a sample of Cerebrospinal Fluid. Your spinal fluid and blood will both be tested for the virus or antibodies to
Treatment for HSP and TSP is focused on symptom relief through physical therapy, exercise, and the use of assistive devices.
Physical therapy can help you maintain and improve your muscle strength and range of motion. It can also help you avoid pressure sores. As the disease progresses, you may use an ankle-foot brace, cane, walker, or wheelchair to help you get around.
Medications can help reduce pain, muscle stiffness, and spasticity. Medications can also help control urinary problems and bladder infections.
Corticosteroids, like prednisone, may reduce inflammation of the spinal cord in TSP. However, they won’t change the long-term outcome of the disease.
Research on the use of antiviral and interferon medications is being done for TSP, but the drugs aren’t in regular use.
What to Expect
Your individual outlook will vary depending on the type of paraparesis you have and its severity. Your doctor is your best resource for information about the condition and its potential impact on your quality of life.
Some people who have HSP may experience mild symptoms, while others may develop disability over time. Most people with pure HSP have a typical life expectancy.
Possible complications of HSP include:
TSP typically worsens over time, but it’s rarely fatal. Most people live for several decades after diagnosis. Preventing urinary tract infections and skin sores will help improve the length and quality of your life.
A serious complication of HTLV-1 infection is the development of adult T-cell leukemia or lymphoma. Although less than 5 percent of people with the viral infection develop adult T-cell leukemia, you should be aware of the possibility. Be sure your doctor checks for it.
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