Last reviewed: November 2017
Last updated: November  2017

Summary

Differentials

Common

  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Focal nerve palsy
  • Todd paresis (postictal paralysis)
  • Sleep disorders

Uncommon

  • Subdural hematoma
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)
  • Hematomyelia
  • Thoracolumbar spine trauma
  • Cervical spine trauma
  • Encephalitis
  • Brain abscess
  • Coxsackievirus
  • West Nile virus (WNV)
  • Diphtheria
  • Poliovirus
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)
  • Myasthenia gravis (MG)
  • Vasculitis
  • Transverse myelitis (TM)
  • Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy
  • Acute hypokalemia
  • Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP)
  • Periodic paralysis
  • Amyotrophic lateral syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Common hereditary lysosomal storage diseases
  • Type 1 glycogen storage disease (GSD I)
  • Drug-induced myopathies
  • Drug-induced neuropathy
  • Toxin-induced dysfunction
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Brain tumor
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Bell palsy

Contributors

Authors VIEW ALL

Kenneth F. Casey

Clinical Associate Professor PM&R

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Detroit

MI

Disclosures

KFC declares that he has no competing interests.

Peer reviewers VIEW ALL

Assistant Professor of Neurosciences

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

University of Calgary

Alberta

Canada

Disclosures

CT declares that he has no competing interests.

Staff Physician

Department of Neurological Sciences

Institute of Neurology C. Mondino

Pavia

Italy

Disclosures

SR declares that she has no competing interests.

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