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acute ascending paralysis


Definition: a paralysis of rapid course beginning in the legs and involving progressively the trunk, arms, and neck, ending sometimes in death in 1–3 weeks; generally due to either fulminant Guillain-Barré syndrome or an ascending necrotizing myelopathy.

Synonym(s): ascending paralysis

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