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Paraplegia - New Insights

Seyed Mansoor Rayegani

Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Professor and President of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation research center at Shahid Beheshti University of medical sciences, President of Iranian society of PM&R, and Chairperson of Iranian board of PM&R. Professor Rayegani published more than 130 medical articles.


Lower Limbs Weakness Inability to Walk Incontinency Myelopathy Thoracic Myelopathy Lumbosacral Myelopathy Cauda Equina Syndrome Spinal Stenosis Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction Sphincter Control Paraparesis Discopathy

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Paraplegia means a complete lack of ambulation caused by dysfunction of the spinal cord and/or cauda equina. Signs and symptoms of paraplegia depend on the involvement of the cord or cauda equina. Paraplegia caused by thoracic or lumbosacral cord involvement is labeled as myelopathy. Signs and symptoms of myelopathy include spasticity, brisk DTR, pathologic reflexes such as Babinski, clonus, dyssynergic sphincter, and sometimes pain and dysesthesia. Lesions of cauda equina cause flaccid paraplegia, atrophy, hyporeflexia, and overflow bowel and bladder incontinency. Several different mechanisms are involved in producing paraplegia. Direct trauma to the spinal cord, spinal column disorders, degenerative disc disease, discogenic process, malignancy, infectious process, inflammatory process, and radiation are among common causes of paraplegia. Diagnosis of paraplegia is based on clinical, imaging, neurophysiologic, and sometimes lab studies. According to the type of paraplegia, there are many surgical, medical and rehabilitation approaches. Spasticity, bedsore, UTI, heterotopic ossification, DVT, and deconditioning are among common complications of paraplegia. Regular assessment and appropriate management are crucial in the proper treatment and prevention of complications in paraplegia.

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Seyed Mansoor Rayegani

Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Professor S. Mansoor Rayegani is an academic physiatrist who completed his residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 1992. In 1994, he began his academic career as Assistant Professor of PM&R at Shohada Medical Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, just after passing the Iranian Board of PM&R in which he gained the first rank. He is one of the founding members of a PM&R residency program in Tehran. Professor Rayegani’s fields of interest include electrodiagnostic medicine, pain, spinal cord injury, neurorehabilitation, and medical education. He supervises and coordinates a neurorehabilitation and hypertonicity clinic. He has supervised more than forty postgraduate residency theses and published about 130 indexed medical articles. He is also an editorial board member for the Journal of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (JISPRM) and a member of the journal’s education and publication committee. Professor Rayegani is currently president of the Iranian society of PM&R, editor in chief of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Electrodiagnosis (PMRE), director of the Iranian Board of PM&R, and chief of the PM&R Research Center at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

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