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Quadriplegia

Quadriplegia, also known as Tetraplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.

Quad comes from the Latin for four and plegia comes from the Greek for inability to move. Currently the term tetraplegia is becoming more popular, but it means the same thing. Tetra is from the Greek for inability to move.

The primary cause of quadriplegia is a spinal cord injury, but other conditions such as cerebral palsy and strokes can cause a similar appearing paralysis.


 

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