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aphasia; dysphagia

impairment to language caused by localized brain injury

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coma

general term for decreased consciousness; Glasgow Coma Scale

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delirium

state of mental confusion caused by cerebral dysfunction (deliro = to go off the rails)

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dementia

impairment of mental function characterized by memory loss, disorientation, and confusion (dementio = to be mad)

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motor deficit

loss or impairment of muscle function

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sensory deficit

loss or impairment of sensation

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neuralgia

pain along the course of a nerve

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paralysis

temporary or permanent loss of motor control

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flaccid paralysis

defective (flabby) or absent muscle control caused by a nerve lesion

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spastic paralysis

stiff and awkward muscle control caused by a CNS disorder

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hemiparesis

partial paralysis of the left or right side of the body

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sciatica

pain caused by compression or trauma to the sciatic nerve

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seizure

sudden disturbance in brain function caused by abnormal firing of nerve impulses; may or may not be accompanied by convulsions

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convulsion

to pull together; type of seizure that causes involuntary muscle contractions

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syncope

fainting

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tactile stimulation

evoking a response by touching

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hyperesthesia

increased sensitivity to touch or pain

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paresthesia

abnormal sensation of numbness and tingling without objective cause

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