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What is spastic paralysis?

Spastic paralysis is a condition which affects a person's ability to have control or use of their limbs. Muscles in the arms and legs, especially in the far extremities, may be rigid and move uncontrollably because of damage to the nervous system. Spastic paralysis can occur for a variety of reasons, such as an accident where the spinal cord is injured, but more often it is a symptom of a different condition. It can be caused by a rare genetic condition called Infantile Onset Ascending Spastic Paralysis (IAHSP), or by cerebral palsy, which occurs due to a brain injury around the time of birth.

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