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Here is a quick mnemonic “ACUTE QUAD to remember about Acute Quadriparesis

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Acute Quadriparesis : How To Remember Easily ?

  • A – Acute onset of Quadriparesis
  • C – CT or MRI scan of the brain for evaluation in obtunded patients
  • U – Upper motor neuron disorders (anoxia, hypotension, etc.) causing Quadriparesis with rapid onset
  • T – Test: MRI of the cervical cord if upper motor neuron signs are present in an alert patient
  • E – Electrolyte disturbances, inborn errors of muscle energy metabolism, toxins, and periodic paralyses can cause Quadriparesis
  • Q – Quadriparesis can result from disorders of upper motor neurons or muscle
  • U – Uncertain origin of weakness, myopathic causes, or lower motor neuron disorders may also lead to Quadriparesis
  • A – Approach: Begin with blood studies to determine muscle enzyme and electrolyte levels, and conduct EMG and nerve conduction studies
  • D – Disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome can cause Quadriparesis with onset over hours to weeks

Mnemonic : ACUTE QUAD

Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department