Which factors exacerbate preexisting spasticity?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Krupa Pandey, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Factors that can exacerbate preexisting spasticity from spinal injury, brain tumor/injury, cerebral palsy, or MS include the following:

  • Infection (eg, otitis, urinary tract infection, pneumonia)

  • Noxious stimulus (eg, ingrown toenail, ill-fitting orthotics, occult fracture)

  • Bladder distention

  • Bowel impaction

  • Cold weather

  • Fatigue

  • Seizure activity

  • Stress

  • Malpositioning


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