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Quadriplegia and Paraplegia

On Wednesday 17th May 2017, mlcoa QLD hosted an educational event entitled ‘Quadriplegia and Paraplegia’ presented by Dr Vic Du Plessis Neurologist and Rehabilitation Physician.

Dr Du Plessis provided insights into Quadriplegia and Paraplegia. Discussions were centered on the differences, the complications that occur as a result of these acquired disabilities, and the long term outcomes of the injuries.

Dr Du Plessis provided detail in relation to:

  • Medical presentation
  • Medical definition
  • Causes of Pathology
  • Clinical Presentation
  • Limb Weakness
  • Bladder Function
  • Rectal Function
  • Rectal Dysfunction
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Abnormality of Sensation
  • Autonomic Dysfunction
  • Complications
  • Bladder Dysfunction
  • Rectal Incontinence
  • Autonomic Disturbances
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Immune Changes
  • Osteoporosis and Osteopaenia
  • Spasticity and Spasm
  • Psychological Effects
  • Management and Outcome and Prognosis.


Dr Du Plessis spoke about the long term effects on the individual that has acquired the injury and the impact this has on their immediate family.

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