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Neurapraxia Overview

What is neurapraxia?
A person with neurapraxia has bruised or stretched a nerve, which results in a temporary loss of nerve function. In most cases, this causes a transient episode of weakness of the muscles that receive signals from the nerve. Common causes of neurapraxia include prolonged pressure against a nerve while sleeping, and injuries to the nerve.

What are the symptoms of neurapraxia?
Symptoms of neurapraxia include numbness and tingling, burning pain, muscle weakness, and cool skin. Depending on the location, symptoms of neurapraxia may include arm weakness, arm numbness, leg weakness or leg numbness.

How does the doctor treat neurapraxia?
Treatment for neurapraxia includes rest, a splint, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Prolonged neurapraxia may require treatment with narcotic pain medications, antidepressant medications, or anticonvulsants.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Neurapraxia References
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