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Yoshinori Abe

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Yoshinori Abe, MD

Internal medicine

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Visual field defect

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Unilateral blindness

  • Recent weight loss

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Numbness of the body

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Headache

  • Seizure attack

  • Head injury

  • Fever

Possible Causes

  • Spinal cord tumor

    A spinal tumor is a tumor that develops within the spinal canal or the bones of the spine. It can be life-threatening and cause permanent disability. Causes include environmental toxins, certain inherited syndromes, such as neurofibromatosis 2 and von Hippel-Lindau disease.

  • Muscular dystrophy

    A group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In this condition, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.

  • Parkinson disease (PD)

    A progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. It occurs as a result of nerve cell damage in the brain. The exact cause for PD is unknown. Risk factors include genetics, male gender, old age and exposure to certain toxins and environmental factors.

  • Multiple system atrophy

  • Spinocerebellar degeneration

  • Wilson disease

  • Huntington's disease

Related Serious Diseases

  • Cerebral infarction

    Cerebral infarct is a type of stroke that occurs due to a reduced blood supply and oxygen delivery to the brain. This results in the death of brain cells and brain damage. It is usually caused by a blood clot or fatty/ cholesterol plaques blocking a blood vessel to the brain.

  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Tetanus

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you have difficulty opening your mouth?

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